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Halima Aden Breaking Barriers

This beauty became the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,


"Ladies anything is possible!!!" she wrote. "Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings... can stand together and be celebrated."


This is just one of many boundary-breaking moments for Aden, who also made history as the first-ever contestant to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant in a hijab and burkini in 2016. With SI under her belt, there’s no telling how many more of the industry’s outdated norms she’ll shatter.

Aden’s issue of Sports Illustrated hits stands on May 8th.

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