2019 may be this year's pig, but if you ask us this is the year for Halima Aden. In February, she hit the head of Christian Cowan's NYFW track in a badass chainlink hijab. She announced in March that she is launching her own collection of 27 headscapes with Modansia and now she will be the first burkini-bearing model in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit problem.
The problem of 2019 (which deals with "divisive perceptions" and shows a diverse sisterhood of women) will strike stalls on May 8, where the feature, shot by the American photographer Yu Tsai, will appear on full screen. There you have the immense pleasure of seeing rookie Aden wearing a series of burkinis – a black black no Ka & Oi number with colorful beaded details on the neck and arms. a Cynthia Rowley creature from top to toe and a metal blue bodysuit overlaid with a beautiful printed cover – specially made for this image.
"Thinking of design with a global mindset is very important to our brand, so contributing to this iconic moment in history is truly a dream come true," says designer Cynthia Rowley. "When we approached to create a custom burkini for Halima, I was so honored. Halima is making progress in the industry through her powerful voice and she is now the first model in history to wear a burkini in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In particular, this moment marks a great gain for women's empowerment, which breaks out obsolete standards of beauty and identity in the industry. "
While her skin and clothing are worth applauding on the issue alone, we are also a fan of how her story was taken at the forefront of her function. The photos may look like someone else SI beach landscape, but as it turns out they actually shot in Kenya where Aden was born in a refugee camp and lived until she was seven years old.
"SI Swimsuit has been at the forefront of changing the story and conversation on social issues and preconceived notions. I hope this specific feature will open doors to my Somali society, Muslim community, refugee community, and any other community that may relate to being different , Aden says in a press release. "This feature shows that a full-featured hijab model can surely stand beside a beautiful woman in a revealing bikini and together they can celebrate each other, cheer each other and master each other's success," continues Aden. "Young Muslim women need to know that there is a modest swimsuit at their disposal so they can join the swim team, attend the swim class at school and join their friends on the beach. Muslim girls should be sure to take that step and do it comfortable while wearing a burkini. "
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