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Halima Aden Is First Woman To Wear Burkini In Sports Illustrated Issue

A 21-year-old Somali refugee named Halima Aden has made history by becoming the first Muslim model to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue wearing a hijab and a burkini.

TheDaily Mail reports that the magazine announced Aden as the newest member of its 2019 rookie class on Monday while sharing some photos from the model's spread in the upcoming issue, which comes out on May 8.

“I’ve never gotten to shoot, in the ocean, wearing a swimsuit,” Aden tellsGood Morning America.“And I felt like I was Beyoncé in that water, sis. I was like, living my best life.”

In the photo shoot, which took place at Watamu Beach in Kenya, Aden wears a mixture of frilly, puffy, and multi-colored burkinis.