22-year-old Halima Aden has made history with the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated
Revolutionising the (modest) fashion industry
The Somali American model was the first woman to wear a hijab and a burkini, a full-body swimsuit, in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.
Born in Somalia,Halima spent the first seven years of her life in a refugee camp in Kenya, until her family and a group of refugees were granted entry into the USA.
Here she had to overcome language and learning obstacles, and when her family moved to Minnesota, she entered the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in a hijab and a burkini – passionate about what she wanted to do, while remaining true to who she is.