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Burkini-clad hijabi Muslim model on cover of Sports Illustrated

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Somali American and Muslim model Halima Aden wears a burkini for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, sparking both praise and criticism on social media

Halima, who is 21, made as the main act 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.

Moreover, Sports Illustrated’s yearly swimsuit issue, best recognized for its racy covers of inadequately clad bikini models, will exhibit for the first time a Muslim model wearing a hijab and burkini, the magazine stated.

Somali-American model Halima Aden’s rookie stretch will be positioned in Kenya, where she born in a refugee camp and lived until the age of seven.

“Growing up in the States, I never actually felt symbolized 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.

There was also a picture of her in shallow water lying down in the Sports Illustrated. She was wearing a turquoise hijab, long yellow earrings and a deep blue burkini which is the full length swimsuit preferred by some Muslim women.

She has formerly featured on the front page of British Vogue and walked on the New York Fashion Week runway.

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