Halima Aden makes history, wears burkini and hijab duing the Miss Minnesota pageant

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Halima Aden makes history as the first woman to compete wearing a burkini during the Miss Minnesota pageant.

19-year-old Halima Aden made history as the first ever woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab, also the first ever to wear a burkini during the swimsuit competition of the said pageant.

Aden, a Somali-American wears hijab for the entire competition, she pairs it with a full-body swimsuit and a covered-up evening dress. She is one of the 45 contestants in the pageant that continues Sunday, is competing to represent Minnesota in the Miss USA pageant in 2017.

“A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you’re covered up and they’re not used to it. So growing up, I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing," she said. “Be who you are. It’s easy to feel like you have to blend in, but it takes courage to live your life with conviction and embrace the person that you are." Aden, added.

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