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Somali-American model Halima Aden who spent part of her childhood living in a refugee camp in Kenya is breaking barriers in the beauty and fashion industries.

Halima is now the first ever model featured in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue while wearing a hijab and burkini. She also made it to the Miss Minnesota U.S.A. Semi-finals in 2016 as the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini.

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❤️❤️❤️ #Repost @mj_day Announcing our last but NOT LEAST incredible #rookie! Get to know @Halima in the link in my profile. Halima you are beauty personified. Thank you for sharing that with makes you so special with us all. Thank you for being the bright light that we all need to see. Thank you for the dance parties to Beyoncé and sing a longs to “Jambo Wanna” and reinforcing that beauty knows no boundaries. 💙🙌🏼✨ @si_swimsuit ・・・ @halima is #shatteringperceptions as the first woman to wear and hijab and burkini on the pages of #SISwim. Click the link in bio to learn more about her historic shoot in Kenya. (📷: @yutsai88) • • • @hemingwayscollection @officialkenyaairways #HemingwaysCollection #LetKQTakeYouThere

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