MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)– A Minnesota woman is breaking boundaries in the modeling world, becoming the first model to wear a hijab and burkini for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

Twenty-one-year-old Halima Aden was born in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, but she grew up near St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The Somali-American model made history back in 2016 for becoming the first fully-covered Muslim woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant.

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Aden went on to sign with IMG models.

In 2017, she made her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show.

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Now, the Minnesota model is making history once again with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

According to Sports Illustrated, for Aden’s SI Swimsuit rookie spread, the model traveled to her birth country where she shot at Watuma Beach with photographer Yu Tsai.

“To grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya–I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up,” Aden told Sports Illustrated during her shoot.

Aden will be featured in the May 8 issue.

Comments (106)
  1. You all know that the wearing of the hijab shows submission to Sharia law. Right? Do you all know what Sharia is? It is Islamic law that mandates warfare against the non-believer until the whole world is under Sharia. And here WCCO is glorifying it. Weird.

    1. Matthew A Crawford says:

      You could not be more correct.

    2. Richard Snider says:

      Whats the big deal? They only want to cut your head off.

  2. Danny Pope says:

    This is the numbing process to Sharia Law. I’m sure she wouldn’t be smiling at a public stoning of another woman for showing her face while walking in public.

    1. How do you know she would not be smiling…

  3. Terry McEntire says:


  4. I thought the whole point of the burka was to hide a woman’s features? Isn’t this hypocritical of what they “preach”? IT is OK now until Sharia put in place and then these will only be allowed at female only beaches.

    1. Vernon Bennett says:

      according to what muslims believe, it perfectly fine to lie to infidels, the ends justify the means.

  5. Misty Rainier says:

    Well, there’s the dumbest thing I’ve seen all day.

    1. Nolan-Lucinda Conley says:

      I second that!

    2. Dan English says:

      Just another nail in S.I.’s coffin, they’re on the way out so they’re grasping at straws.

    1. Tim Holt says:

      Your TDS just compels you to bring anything Trump into every conversation. Pathetic.

  6. John Jupiter says:

    Mean while ,,,,The Muslims are chopping the Heads Off of their own citizens. Just 5 last week.

  7. John Castillo says:

    Scriptures have good and bad and the wise will see which is which. Sharia law is just like Deuteronomy chapters 2 & 3 where God told Moses that because the people of Heshbon and Bashan had rejected him that Moses must “conquer the cities, and utterly destroy everything including the women and babies.” The Bible has good and bad, and Sharia has good and bad. Zealots of the Bible will kill for their God and deem it just and zealots of Sharia will kill for their God and deem it just.

    1. So, you think we’re Israelites wandering in the desert? God dealt with His people at a specific time in history. He doesn’t tell us to kill the infidel now, bring the U.S. under Mosaic law or to attack other countries as our secular leaders do outside the law and the Bible. God’s word teaches us what it means to be Christian, not wandering Israelites. But nice try. You failed logic.

  8. No one has obviously read the Holy Qu’ran…This is absolutely forbidden. The US Constitution is also totally incompatible….Islam is the only religion that is also a political system (Sharia).

    1. Totally TRUE, but the MEDIA has been totally CONTROLLED, the DUMBED DOWN people of AMERIKA are happy to FOLLOW what ever.. “they” SAY to believe! THIS “IS” the DESTRUCTION of America – unless WE STAND !

  9. Jaqulin Abajeeki says:

    Meanwhile, in other headlines today “Saudi beheads five gay lovers who were tortured into terror confessions” Let’s keep supporting Sharia law and pushing it into America MSM. The diversity of values will make us stronger right?

  10. Bealz Afuzz says:

    Liberal America hahahahahahahah…….

  11. Richard Forster says:

    That should be a big seller in Syria. Where she might be killed anyway for not being a good obedient girl. Here is the US, I won’t be buying that PC garbage. I don’t support observance to Sharia.

  12. Kurt Smith says:

    hilarious. Burkinis. Throw those in the same bin with low-cal pizzas and V6 Mustangs.

  13. Virgil Anders says:

    This is news?

  14. Eugene G. Kelly says:

    Pathetic-we are being asked to accept an alien legal system that dictates death for non-believers.

  15. Just a few years ago Liberals wanted to free muslim women from the persecution of the Burka and Sharia law. Now Liberals believe that we must be accepting of all cultures or it is “hate speech” and racist. If this woman were to not wear the Burka, she would be killed under Sharia law (or at least have acid thrown on her face). But if you bring these points up – then you are touted as a hateful racist xenophobe. The anti-Trump deep state media has brainwashed liberals to accept hateful practices as “tolerance” and push for American war in Middle East Countries or “they will be given to Russia”.

  16. they put that in the magazine to make themselves feel good, cause no one that pays for it wants to see it

  17. CJ Appel says:

    So the purpose of the SS issue is to sell magazines to guys with hot woman in bikinis…let’s not pretend otherwise…there is no point in this , except for more PC crud to be shoved down our throats.Beautiful woman, but absurd to feature her as a sexy swimsuit model,, be real, get real.

  18. She’s hot, but it’s sad she’s forced to wear certain clothes.

  19. Arfy Warfy says:

    Sports Illustrated bows to Islam. My last issue is… literally, my last issue. SI has drunk the insanity cool aid. See ya.

  20. Miranda Canis says:

    Yeah, that is SUPER hot. I can just see all the teenage boys rushing to grab their hand lotion and tissues.

  21. Gerry Tegmeyer says:


  22. Rob Hutchison says:

    Do you feel culturally enriched yet?

  23. Big Mama says:

    Oh how sexy

  24. Big Mama says:

    Going swimming with your clothes on is NOT swimwear

  25. Mike Lima says:

    Sports Illustrated makes HISTORY by publishing the WORST IDEA EVER.

  26. John Earnest says:

    And the only comments about this ludicrous state of affairs will be of the “stunning and brave” category, as the appropriately PC-indoctrinated contemporary readership of SI self-censors out of well-founded fear of online reprisals. QED.

  27. bvikay says:

    Just think. If she lived in a Muslim country she would be beheaded. So sad.

  28. Richard A Hooks says:

    I can’t wait for single sex only beach’s to come back.

  29. Sarah Joy Case says:

    Christian: I do not like to expose my body in a bikini because I believe it is immodest and demeaning to me as a woman.
    Sports Illustrated: You are repressed you have outdated views on human sexuality.
    Muslim: Women should cover every part of their body from the bottom of her feet to the top of her head, including her ears and hair, leaving only her face showing.
    Sports Illustrated: Do you want to pose in our magazine?

  30. gospaboy3 says:

    Why? Why is there this incessant need to promote Islam in North America and normalize what is, essentially, Sharia Law which does not respect women?

  31. This is like all the other participation awards she has, just a freak/side show exhibit for another failing publication, Does this issue also cover Transgender Female Wrestling and Track Sports? What a Joke this Magazine has become.

  32. David Batlle says:

    America is being trolled.

  33. Ethan Wayne says:

    I guess Sports Illustrated figures they have nothing to lose as there subscribership can be counted on one hand. Can’t imagine who would buy this, but I don’t think they care. It’s politically correct and even when facing their immanent demise that’s all that matters.

  34. It’s all fun and games until they start cutting your heads off.

  35. I find it amazing, the left loves to glorify Islam to show it’s ‘tolerance’, the left also has near total support of the LGBT community, while at the same time Saudi Arabia, the center of Islam, is hiring more executioners to behead people for being LGBT! I will NEVER understand how people on the left think!

  36. CP Adorio says:

    Not only does she look ridiculous in all that fabric that could strangle her while swimming, she poses for a magazine that objectifies women. In Muslim countries she will be flogged or stoned for striking such a pose. SI’s attempt to be inclusive is just a dumb marketing ploy. Hypocritical virtue signaling.

  37. Keith Hance says:

    Never buying another Sports Illustrated.

  38. Ed Waterhouse says:

    I notice they didn’t do this shoot on the beaches of Qatar.

  39. Juan Ruiz says:

    Sharia law means death for so many, why make light of it?

  40. Alex Fitch says:

    Just another ra ghead .

  41. Benjamin Dover says:

    Can’t stop laughing! Can’t believe that SI is serious with this photo shot of a muslim swimsuit model!!
    Must be in humor!

  42. Mark Lang says:

    Right out of “The Handmaid’s Tale”… oh, wait… that’s about CHRISTIAN oppression of women by making them wear certain outfits.

  43. One more step backwards for women…shame on Aden for squandering her gift of freedom and instead perpetuating Islamic misogyny..and shame on Sports Illustrated for their misguided and harmful attempt to show tolerance for the intolerant.

  44. Aaron Kitchell says:

    Fetishising muslim oppression to pander to sjw lunatics. Nothing more

  45. Lee Enfield says:

    She is still gonna get a fatwa on her head.

  46. Jonathan Smythe says:

    Why are you glorifying this repressive death cult?

  47. T Michael Billings says:

    I guess they want to celebrate the death, beheading of LGBT community…..Sports Illustrated how dare you?

  48. Angela Bell says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Clothing following Sharia Law is now the norm. Society is fulfilling it’s downward slide.

  49. Dave Fay says:

    How dare they use a Muslim woman! Don’t they realize that right now Transgenders are at the top of the Oppression Victim pecking order.

  50. El Jamal Jamal says:

    That’s not like any Burka I’ve ever seen. Stoning soon to follow.

  51. Mike Burns says:

    Canceled my subscription ! I want to see beauty, not the beast !

  52. I am baffled by the logic here.

    Liberals are all about equality, especially gender equality, yet embrace a “religion” that nullifies rights of women and turns them into property?

  53. Philip Haberkorn says:

    I want to see her do the body-paint version of this…..

  54. Mark Marchiafava says:

    Will the last Amerikan to leave MN please take down the flag ?

  55. Paula Foltz says:

    We will now boycott Sports Illustrated Calendars.

  56. Lindsey Young says:

    “Making history” yeah, a long ago history. A history forgotten when women were finally allowed to think, be educated and wear what they wanted.

  57. This is fantastic – its about time we embrace a new era where women know there place – Sharia for all

    1. Speak when spoken to and walk three steps behind. I’m in!

  58. Yay! Let’s subjugate women and behead gays! Yeah sharia is a killer. These people are to stupid to know they are fighting for 2 opposing sides. One side says they are for women and gays, the other puts women in servitude and beheads gays. How do you rationalize being for Islam and claim you are liberal? Today’s liberalism is chucked full of hypocrisy. Another irony is liberals will be the first ones terrorized by sharia with their soy boy attitude.

  59. Yet another assault on women. And another opportunity for the apologists to cry ‘shame.’

  60. Bernard Wilrise says:

    When I was a boy this would have been the kind of thing that would have only been seen in a SNL skit, but now it’s reality and it isn’t funny, it’s disgusting.

  61. Thomas Zane says:

    Oh yeah that’s so hot I’m about to splooge all over myself. Sports Islamastrated should do a special hijib edition calendar and just see how many they sell.

  62. Craig Cochran says:

    Sports Illustrated, NFL, NBA, etc, are just promoters of the downfall of the USA.

  63. Ray Tilkens says:

    If SI is smart they won’t include any pork advertisements in this issue since muslim men will be the only ones looking.

  64. Peter Stephens says:

    Islam! The Darkness of Excrement!

  65. I will never buy another sports illustrated!!!!!!

  66. d0ct0rj says:

    Forget it…

  67. James Cooper says:

    Racing to the bottom.

  68. Brian Koceja says:

    ewww….mooslims are stinky any way you dress em…poor bathing…gross

  69. Janet Halley says:

    Truly baffling and when pondering deeper…a disgusting display of the religious oppression of women. There simply is no other way of looking at this.What the hell is going on…

  70. Johnny Reb says:

    I miss Christie Brinkley and Kathy Ireland.

  71. James Lawson says:

    Oh yea real sexy

  72. Jon Ramon says:

    Here comes the bombs and guns from the illegals.

  73. Rob Bruce says:

    That is about as hot as a winter day in the Arctic.

  74. MH Thomas says:

    Any transsexuals in this year’s issue?

  75. tigzaca says:

    You know… This type of behavior would result in lashes and/or death under Sharia law, and yet they push to bring Sharia to the US. Enjoy your newfound freedom while you can!

  76. Ed Nolan says:

    oh oh sooooooo sexy. NOT! hey, shouldn’t she be with a male family member? grab the stones!

  77. Hal Slusher says:

    I am guessing sports illustrated will having a going out of business sale.

  78. Tom Potter says:

    I have to put SI in the same manure pile as Nike and Gillette razor company.

  79. Mark Smith says:

    This is about the dumbest thing SI could do. Did they think this would increase sales in the middle east? How’s that working out?

  80. Kelly Laraia says:

    The insecure white racists are out in force. Especially the one that can’t get laid.

  81. Keith Johnson says:

    This just underscores the irrelevance in today’s media of SI. The vast majority of Americans don’t mix politics and sports and sure don’t want it shoved down their throats in an issue that has become a right of passage to spring almost on par with the Masters. That’s why Kaepernick is still unemployed and there could be a lot of SI employees looking for work for the same reason.

  82. Neal says:

    She would still get caned in Saudi Arabia!

  83. Joe Bloe says:

    Lets not pretend this isn’t stupid. No one wants to buy the SS issue to see this publicity stunt. Its not culturally enriching and its certainly not empowering for women. Perhaps in good faith the Saudis could let a woman wear a bikini in their burkini issue…………..before they stone her to death of course.

  84. Kelli Shrugs says:

    U can be sure s.i. is going to see their stocks tank. Good they deserve it.

  85. Scott Marsh says:

    So women in Iran are risking their lives by shedding their burkas and driving cars, yet Sports Illustrated is slapping them in the face with by glorifying this treatment of women. Hmmm.

  86. I wonder if she will have problem with her husband beating her. I wonder if she has a problem with gays being thrown off roofs. I wonder if she has a problem with being a piece of property to her man? I wonder if she hates Jews? Ask her those questions and lets hear what she has to say.The quran says it’s ok.