Halima Aden takes a Huge Leap for Muslim Women Everywhere

The 19-year-old went down in history as the first Miss Minnesota pageant contestant to wear a hijab and Burkini instead of a revealing dress and bathing suit.

Halima Aden takes a Huge Leap for Muslim Women Everywhere

November 28th, 2016

A hijab is NOT the first thing one thinks of as a typical accessory in a beauty pageant. Halima Aden is here to shake things up and show us why we’re wrong. She told Elle: “I feel like I’m here to bust those misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women.”

“I feel like I’m here to bust those misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim women.”

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The 19-year-old went down in the books as the first contestant in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to wear a hijab throughout the competition and a burkini during the swimsuit round. She broke the barriers of what is the ‘norm’ in U.S. pageantry.

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Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and was just six-years-old when she moved to America. The Somali-American teenager made it to the semi-finals of the pageant on Sunday with a great attitude. She didn’t win but garnered the support of tweeters everywhere as she made history by participating.

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Do you guys think she didn’t win because of the Hijab or the fact that she’s Muslim? 

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