First Hijabi Swimwear Model
21 Year old Somali-American Model is set to make history with the new Sports Illustrated issue.
The magazine who are mainly known for their Sultry issues has taken a turn for the better which is one for the books.
Halima Aden who was the first Hijabi Muslim runway model has always used her voice to speak on issues within the Muslim community and has also used it to create opportunities for others.
She along with Photographer( Yu Tsai) for the editorial, had travelled to her Birthplace of Kenya where she began opening up more about her childhood.
“I keep thinking [back] to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” she told the publication.
“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.” she tells the interviewer.
She made a bold statement by modelling in places that many of them from the Islamic community experienced Islamophobia. Where there was a time that several of the french cities the Burkini was banned so this is her form of setting a new norm.
For models, appearing in a Sports Illustrated magazine it is seen as reaching the pinnacle of your career. In the past it has boosted the credibility of models within the industry and was also only an opportunity given to women of a certain stature and or race.
The swimsuit editor expressed great gratitude for Halima by saying the following
“We believe beauty knows no boundaries,” said SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day. “I admire Halima, and I consider her an inspirational human for what she has decided to use her platform for and her work with Unicef as an ambassador. She is, in my opinion, one of the great beauties of our time, not only outside but inside. When we met, I was instantaneously taken by her intelligence, enthusiasm and authenticity.”
I think its important that more and more brands include more diversity within their editorials and so on because being different is the beauty within the world.