The world of sports has seen its fair share of moments where people have time and again gone past society’s norms. Individuals who have come out on top, amidst the pressure of the world on certain stereotypes, have changed the outlook on major issues.
The latest to join this league is American magazine Sports Illustrated. The magazine with over 3 million subscribers will feature a burkini – clad model, a first and contrasting take from their usual racy covers in the swimsuit issues.
For the first time, the magazine will feature a Muslim model wearing a hijab and burkini, Sports Illustrated announced earlier this week.
Halima Aden, the Somali-American model’s shoot will be placed in Kenya, where she was born in a refugee camp until the age of seven.
In a video tweeted by the magazine, Halima said, “Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab.”
The US-based magazine also posted a photo of Halima laying down in a shallow pool of water sporting a turquoise hijab, yellow earrings, and a deep blue bikini. This is the type of swimsuit a lot of Muslim women favor.
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The 21-year-old was in headlines couple of years back when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, reaching the semi-finals of that edition.
British Vogue had also featured the model and she had walked on the New York Fashion Week runway.