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Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to feature model in burkini

(Reuters) – Somali-American Halima Aden will appear in Sports Illustrated’s popular swimsuit issue as the first model in the magazine to wear a hijab and burkini, the magazine said on its website.
The annual swimsuit issue, which will debut on May 8, is known for showcasing women in revealing bikinis. A burkini is a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.

Aden, who is Muslim, was born in Kenya at a refugee camp and moved to the United States at age 7. Her burkini photos were shot in Kenya at Watamu Beach, Sports Illustrated said in a statement on Monday.

In 2016, Aden made headlines when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She has also appeared on the cover of British Vogue and on runways at New York Fashion Week.Read More

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