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Watch: Meet The Muslim Teen Who Became the First Miss Minnesota Contestant to Wear a Hijab

Watch: Meet The Muslim Teen Who Became the First Miss Minnesota Contestant to Wear a Hijab

Halima Aden made it to the semi-finals.

Published November 28th

  1. This is 19-year-old Halima Aden, a Somali student at St Cloud State University in Minnesota
  2. She's the first contestant in history to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab and burkini
  3. As she walked out in her burkini, she was met with a massive applause
  4. Although she never previously participated in a pageant, she wanted to do her part in breaking negative stereotypes about Muslim women

    “There is not one description for beauty,” Aden told WCCO. “It has different faces, different stories, different backgrounds, and it’s OK to embrace all of those.”

  5. Although she did not win the pageant, Aden made it all the way to the semi-finals

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Halima Aden via Instagram)

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