This is one story we just had to share. Okay girls, gather around because you won’t want to miss this!
Surrounded by pageant contestants in revealing swimwear, this Muslim sister stood her ground onstage in a beautiful navy blue embroidered burkini and an elegant gold hijab!
In the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA pageant, Halima Aden, a 19-year old Muslimah originally from Somalia, became the first woman in the pageant’s history to ever wear a burkini and hijab on stage. Although it did raise some eyebrows, Halima said she was blown away by all the supportive cheers from the audience and it made her feel so confident.
When putting in the request to wear her modest fashion during the swimsuit portion of the competition, she wasn’t sure how it would go. “I prepared myself to hear ‘no,’” she said, but when they approved her choice she was thrilled. “I thought this was the perfect time to represent myself as a Muslim woman and encourage other girls to live their life with conviction and not to be scared,” Halima said in an interview with NPR. If that’s not Muslim sister power, we don’t know what is!
We love Halima’s courage to defy conventions and stick to her faith and modest principles. Can you say, “role model?”
Halima is not just known for her swimsuit choices, either. She’s taking the modest fashion world by storm, making her runway debut at the Yeezy Fall 2017 ready-to-wear event as well as walking the second edition of Modanisa Modest Fashion Week in London. She’s even making headlines and history this month as the cover girl of Allure magazine’s July issue while wearing a sleek black Nike hijab.
In an interview with USA Today, she discusses her views on the garment. “It’s how I interpret my religion. Society puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way. I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against ‘You’re too skinny,’ ‘You’re too thick,’ ‘Look at her hips,’ ‘Look at her thigh gap.’ I don’t have to worry about that.”
Inner beauty is just as important as outer beauty, don’t you think? We just have three words for Halima Aden: You go, girl!