MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Some history was made Sunday night with the first fully-covered Muslim woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant.

Halima Aden, 19 of St. Cloud, made the semifinals Sunday night but did not advance to the finals. Aden competed in her hijab, and wore a burkini during the swimsuit portion.

She tells us she wanted to use the Miss Minnesota USA stage as an opportunity to change misconceptions about Islam.

“For a really long time I thought being different was a negative thing. But as I grew older, I started to realize we are all born to stand out, nobody is born to blend in,” Aden said. “How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?”

Meridith Gould of Minneapolis was crowned Miss Minnesota. She will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in 2017.

Comments (36)
  1. Mike Gilbert says:

    So she comes to America,most likely because the Somali are raping,treat women like cattle because under sharia law is permissible,women wear these hijabs because that’s the law that MohaMAD put in place in that out of hell qua’ran,and so she comes here with the mentality that she doesn’t want to ‘blend in’ or basically assimilate in America,whats new,the Muslim women want this here ?sharia law?,they want us to accept their way of the qua’ran and so we will became a muslim country,if that ever happen we the men would be their masters

  2. She does not want that everybody to be the same except if everyone is a Muslim.

  3. The point is to steal the spot light and she, unfairly, did. All the other participants are at fault for not insisting to either all of them dress exactly like her or she is to be excluded. They should file a complaint against the organizers. They should force the sponsors to cancel their endorsements and pull their funding. I bet that she will be the guest of honor at the upcoming Gala of the Council for American Islamists Radicalization. More supreme power for CAIR.

  4. Jon Sax says:

    Another muslim fluff article.”We are just like you except that we terrorize and behead because that is what our religion espouses”.

  5. It takes all kinds. I thought the POINT of these coverings was to be MODEST and NOT FLAUNT YOUR BODY? Clearly not her priority. But I respect her bravery, and she is lovely. It is about time we give our Muslim brothers and sisters inclusion. As long as we don’t start making laws that set women backward, women must have choice. Something Republicans would be happy to eliminate.

  6. “Multiculturalism should not mean that we tolerate another culture’s intolerance. If we do in fact support diversity, women’s rights, and gay rights, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds of multicultural sensitivity.”
    – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  7. Pat Belden says:

    just another slow and gradual way of taking over America. they are protesting Christmas in Landon. REALLY

  8. Oina Dear says:

    She tells us she wanted to use the Miss Minnesota USA stage as an opportunity to change misconceptions about Islam………………how does she succeed to change that “misconception” when another former Somali refugee commits a terrorist attack at Ohio Univ ? Hypocrite religion propaganda….and stupid brain washed Americans

  9. Michael Bray says:

    An excellent stand for modesty. Integrity. Now, come to Jesus.

  10. Arfy Warfy says:

    The takeover has started… Americans are asleep, as usual.