A first: 'Sports Illustrated' to feature burkini-clad Muslim model on cover

HALIMA ADEN. Muslim model Halima wears a hijab and burkini on the cover. Photo from Sports Illustrated's Instagram account

HALIMA ADEN. Muslim model Halima wears a hijab and burkini on the cover.

Photo from Sports Illustrated's Instagram account

WASHINGTON, USA – Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue, best known for its racy covers of scantily clad bikini models, will feature for the first time a Muslim model wearing a hijab and burkini, the magazine said Monday, April 29.

Somali-American model Halima Aden's rookie spread will be set in Kenya, where she born in a refugee camp and lived until the age of 7.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Halima (@halima) on Mar 27, 2019 at 9:09pm PDT

"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," Aden said in a video tweeted by the magazine. 

View this post on Instagram “I never really felt represented, because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab.” @halima #shatteringperceptions #SISwim • • • @hemingwayscollection @officialkenyaairways #HemingwaysWatamu #LetKQTakeYouThere A post shared by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@si_swimsuit) on Apr 29, 2019 at 8:19am PDT

Sports Illustrated also posted a picture of her posing lying down in shallow water, wearing a turquoise hijab, long yellow earrings and a deep blue burkini -- the full length swimsuit favored by some Muslim women.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@si_swimsuit) on Apr 29, 2019 at 8:30pm PDT

Halima, 21, made headlines at age 19 when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, where she made the semi-finals in 2016. 

She has previously featured on the cover of British Vogue and walked on the New York Fashion Week runway. – Rappler.com