- Halima Aden takes part in pageant, wear traditional Muslim clothing
- She says she hopes to inspire others
The 19-year-old St. Cloud State University freshman walked across the Miss Minnesota USA pageant stage Saturday night draped from head to toe in a blue-embroidered burkini and a bright yellow headscarf. During the two-day beauty pageant, Aden showed only her face, making her the first contestant to wear a hijab and a burkini in the pageant.
But this was much more than a fashion choice producing uproarious applause; it was a decision that was meant to inspire. According to Aden, this pageant was an opportunity to dispel the narrative that many Muslim women are oppressed.
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