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Halima Aden Features as the First Hijabi in Sports Illustrated, Here’s a Look at What You Think

by in World on 30th April, 2019

Halima Aden is amongst the growing list of Muslim women who are collecting the titles of “firsts”, this particular first is an appearance in Sports Illustrated. The swimsuit issue has been published since 1964 highlighting women across industries in swimsuits, Halima is the first to appear in a Burkini.

She appears in the swimsuit edition in a number of colourful burkinis and complimentary coloured hijabs. She shared an image on her personal Instagram of her lying in the water on her side wearing the blue and turquoise burkini with the caption:

“Don’t change yourself .. Change the GAME!! Ladies anything is possible!!! Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings… can stand together and be celebrated. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit & the entire team for giving me this incredible opportunity.”

Halima also shared with the BBC that “Young girls who wear a hijab should have women they look up to in any and every industry.”

23 million people each week read Sports Illustrated, including over 18 million men around the globe. 

Many other well known Muslim women like Ibtihaj Muhammad who commented “ICONIC”, Noor Tagouri, Shahd Batal and Neelam can be seen supporting her in the comments below. Media across the world have also celebrated the recent cover.

There have been mixed reviews from some in the Muslim community who have questioned whether we need representation across every single industry and likened it to the 2016 Noor Tagouri Playboy feature which garnered praise and backlash.

We take a look at the opinions and comments across social media, Islamophobes are also serving up their opinions too. Would you like to write a discussion piece on this feature? What does representation mean and do we need it across every industry?

Are you celebrating the first or standing back? Send articles to [email protected] today.

Some of the reporting around it has also been questioned

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