Sports Illustrated first: Swimsuit issue features model wearing a hijab and burkini


Somali-American model Halima Aden just made history as the first to ever wear a hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated’s signature swimsuit issue.

The 21-year-old will appear in the May 2019 issue of the magazine with a series photographed by Yu Tsai at Kenya’s Watamu Beach.

For the shoot, Aden donned a collection of colourful hijabs and burkinis — a swimsuit that covers most of the body except the hands, feet, and face, which is worn by some Muslim women. 

And the pictures are…

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