Check out every shade of Glossier Ultralip, the new balm and lip tint hybrid
Check out every shade of Glossier Ultralip, the new balm and lip tint hybrid

Holly O'Neill

Hungry? This colourful sweet potato salad can be whipped up in a flash
Hungry? This colourful sweet potato salad can be whipped up in a flash

Meg Walker

‘She didn’t murder anybody’: Linda Martin weighs in on Nadine Coyle’s infamous Passportgate 20 years on
‘She didn’t murder anybody’: Linda Martin weighs in on Nadine Coyle’s infamous Passportgate 20 years...

Sarah Finnan

“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high heels”
“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high...

Sophie White

I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams
I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams

Sarah Finnan

Increased lawlessness among teens needs compassion, not admonishment
Increased lawlessness among teens needs compassion, not admonishment

Amanda Cassidy

Making small talk and all the other things I had forgotten on my post-lockdown Penneys trip
Making small talk and all the other things I had forgotten on my post-lockdown Penneys...

Sarah Finnan

Image / Fashion

Halima Aden becomes first model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated


by Grace McGettigan
30th Apr 2019
blank

Halima Aden has become the first model to feature in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue wearing a burkini – and this isn’t her first time breaking boundaries…


Who is Halima Aden?

Model Halima Aden may only be 21 years old, but she has already broken multiple boundaries in the world of beauty and fashion.

She was born in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, after her family fled the civil war in Somalia. According to her modelling agents at IMG, she lived there for seven years with her parents before moving to the United States, where they settled in Minnesota.

She quickly picked up the English language and exceeded expectations in school. She made a strong impression on classmates; becoming her high school’s first Muslim/Somali homecoming queen.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Halima (@halima) on


In her modelling bio, Halima says this was one of her proudest achievements. “There was never a student [like me] nominated before. Homecoming queen is a very important American cultural tradition, and my win inspired other girls in my town,” she said.

Wanting to make a difference, Halima went on to become her college’s first Muslim-Somali student senator. What’s more, she also became the first contestant in the Miss USA pageant to wear a hijab, as well as a burkini in the swimsuit segment of the competition.

Halima has since gone on to star in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour magazines, to name but a few.

Sports Illustrated

Today, Halima Aden is trending on social media for a new reason. She is officially the first woman to feature in Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue wearing a burkini; a full-body swimsuit often worn by Muslim women.

The beautiful photoshoot was carried out in Kenya; highlighting how far the 21-year-old has come since childhood.

Speaking in a video shared by the magazine, she said, “Growing up in the States – I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab”.

She also referred to herself as “a burkini babe”.

Then, in a post on Instagram, Halima said, “Don’t change yourself… Change the GAME! Ladies, anything is possible.

“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, and upbringings can stand together and be celebrated.

“Thank you so much to the entire team for giving me this incredible opportunity”.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Halima (@halima) on

Photo: Halima Aden via Instagram


Read more: Model with Down Syndrome becomes new brand ambassador for Benefit

Read more: Amanda Bynes’ Paper Magazine cover is about more than just a ‘comeback

Read more: Diversity is more than a buzzword in fashion; it’s something Irish women are championing every day

Also Read

beigefluencers
FASHION
Will Instagram replace street style photography?

By Freya Drohan

Fashion Week
FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
What does the future of Fashion Week look like?

New York Fashion has just ended. Did you even know it was happening this year? NYC-based fashion editor Freya Drohan reports on the state of runway in 2021.

By Freya Drohan

blank
CULTURE, FASHION
History-making women: The best moments from the Brit Awards 2021

The glamour on the carpet, the history-making win, and 4,000...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
REAL-LIFE STORIES, FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high heels”

Sometimes choosing an outfit is simply about getting dressed, but...

By Sophie White

comfortable clothing
FASHION
4 comfy yet chic outfit ideas to get you ready for a post-lockdown world

Are you really going to be squeezing into high-waisted jeans...

By Edaein OConnell

blank
FASHION, BEAUTY, SHOPPING
The weekend shopping fix: dopamine dressing and beauty that gives back

IMAGE.ie’s picks of the best buys of the week.

By Holly O'Neill

fashion documentaries
FASHION
8 documentaries all fashion-lovers will adore

We may not have the Met Gala as we’ve come...

By Jennifer McShane