YAHOO! LIFESTYLE — Halima Aden is no stranger to breaking down barriers. This Somali-American first made headlines for wearing a hijab and burkini in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant; she’s since walked runways during fashion week and appeared on the cover of British Vogue.
Now, Aden is back in the spotlight, this time for being the first woman to wear a hijab and a burkini in the 2019 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Moving from high school to college, Aden scored another first: She was the first Muslim woman in the student senate at St. Cloud State University. “Those little things have led me to bigger things, like competing for Miss Minnesota USA wearing a hijab and burkini. So that’s what happens when you don’t change yourself, but you change the game. And you change the game by not changing yourself.”