Sports Illustrated features first burkini girl

BY: bbc.com
Halima Aden
Halima Aden

A Somali-American supermodel has become the first Muslim model to appear in Sports Illustrated wearing a burkini.

Halima Aden is featured in its annual swimsuit issue in the swimwear which covers the entire body except the face, hands and feet.

"Young girls who wear a hijab should have women they look up to in any and every industry," she told the BBC.

There has been mixed reaction to the news.

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One Twitter user commented: "If you're going to wear the hijab and cover your skin - whether you think our religion calls for it or you want modesty - it is completely counter-intuitive to strike a sexy pose in a magazine known for objectifying women."

Another comment read: "I would get it if it were for a swimsuit catalogue for women to buy. But for a magazine specially made for men. It beats the whole purpose of the hijab."

Halima Aden
Halima Aden

On Instagram the cover generated more positive comments: "Amazed every year by the inclusivity efforts of the issue. This year is a new level."