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A Somali-American teen has made history after she wore a burkini and a hijab when participating in the semifinal of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
Halima Aden was met with rapturous applause when she stepped out on stage in a burkini during the swimsuit segment of the contest.
"This pageant is so much more than just beauty. Their whole message is about being confidently beautiful, so I didn't think that I should allow my hijab to get into the way of me participating," Aden told Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) ahead of the competition.
"We just needed one more thing to unify us. This is a small act, but I feel like having the title of Miss Minnesota USA when you are a Somali-American, when you are a Muslim woman, I think that would open up people's eyes," Aden continued.
Sadly, Aden won't be progressing to the next round of the competition. Posting on Facebook on Sunday night, the student said the contest had been "such a fun experience" and that she had been inundated with private messages of support.
She lost gracefully.
TBH I think beauty pagaents are archaic, but whatever floats the boat of these women is their choice.
The contestant wore a burkini and hijab in the contest, thus making history.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
I dont get how the left are so gung ho about womens rights AND about this mandatory hijab stuff. Brave would be more making a statement against that kind of old world sexism by NOT wearing it, rather than this conformity that dripped with attention whoring.
I normally dony care about religion this or that, but these kinds of mysoginistic mandates make me ill.