Halima Aden has become the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Halima, a Somali-American model was born in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and lived there until she was 7 before moving to the U.S.
Her swimsuit rookie spread was shot at Watamu Beach in Kenya, with photographer Yu Tsai.
She said during her shoot: “I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp. So to grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya–I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up.”
Halima has made a career if firsts. In 2016, at age 19, she became the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, where she was a semi-finalist.
She was also the first person to wear a hijab on the cover of Allure.
She’s also landed on the cover of British Vogue and walked on New York Fashion Week runways.
Speaking in a release made available to HuffPost, Halima said:
Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings can stand together and be celebrated. This is a moment, that’s for sure. Women everywhere should know their differences are what make them beautiful.