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A New Pageant Look

posted Dec 2, 2016, 7:52 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By:Draven A

    A burkini is a type of swimsuit for women, designed in Australia by Aheda Zanetti.The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, while being light enough for swimming. The design is intended to accord with Islamic traditions of modest dress.

    Halima Aden said "This is a great platform to show the world who I am. Just because I've never seen a woman wearing a burkini (in a pageant) it doesn't mean that I don't have to be the first." "We just needed one more thing to unify us. This is a small act, but I feel like having the title of Miss Minnesota USA when you are a Somali-American, when you are a Muslim woman, I think that would open up people's eyes," Aden continued.

     Aden advanced to the semifinals in this weekend’s Miss Minnesota USA pageant, becoming the first-ever contestant in the competition to wear a hijab and burkini.

          The 19-year-old Somali-American teen born in a refugee camp in Kenya, and moved to Minnesota as a young child wore a hijab throughout the pageant’s entire competition. The pageant’s announcer said Aden was “making history”.

Edited By DW, uploaded Dec 2