Muslim woman wears hijab, burkini in Minnesota pageant
The Associated Press
Published Monday, November 28, 2016 7:40AM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 28, 2016 9:14AM EST
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A Muslim woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed.
Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Aden's swim outfit stood in contrast to those of the other 44 contestants, most of whom wore bikinis.
Before the competition, the 19-year-old Somali-American woman told Minnesota Public Radio News that the pageant was "a great platform to show the world who I am."
Halima Aden starts off Miss Minnesota USA's swimsuit segment to big cheers from the crowd. Announcer: "She's making history tonight." pic.twitter.com/OUvbHv6xct— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) November 27, 2016