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Teen Makes History After Wearing Hijab And Burkini In Miss Minnesota USA Pageant

Written by Carly Walker
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History was made over the weekend at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant when a 19-year-old Muslim Somali-American named Halima Aden was the first fully covered Muslim women to be in the contest.

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The St. Cloud State University student was also the first contestant to wear a burkini during the semifinal swimsuit round, instead of any sort of bikini or one piece bathing suit. Halima was born in Kenya in a refugee camp, and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 6.

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She didn't win the pageant, but told CBS that she hopes that by her participating in the pageant it will help combat the misconceptions that people have regarding Islam.

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‘For a really long time I thought being different was a negative thing,' Aden tells CBS. 'But as I grew older, I started to realize we are all born to stand out, nobody is born to blend in. How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?’

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She didn't win the pageant, but told CBS that she hopes that by her participating in the pageant it will help combat the misconceptions that people have regarding Islam.

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‘For a really long time I thought being different was a negative thing,' Aden tells CBS. 'But as I grew older, I started to realize we are all born to stand out, nobody is born to blend in. How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?’

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