Slums MAG Staff: Renay Marie
Somali-American supermodel Halima Aden makes history in Sports Illustrated becoming the first model to wear burkini in their 2019 ad. The upcoming issue will be made available to the public early May. It features Halima Aden, 21, in a burkini, which is a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women. Aden, who was born in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, before moving to the U.S. in 2004, is not only the first model to wear a burkini in the annual swimsuit issue but is also the first hijab-wearing model. When asked about her photo spread during an interview she stated “Sports Illustrated is proving that a girl that’s wearing a bikini could be right alongside a girl that’s wearing a burkini. And as women we can come alongside each other and be each other’s biggest cheerleaders,” she said.