Muslim teen becomes first to don hijab in US beauty pageant

Published: November 30, 2016



A Somali-American college student from Minnesota is set to compete in a beauty pageant for the first time while remaining fully covered in her hijab.

Breaking all stereotypes, 19-year-old Halima Aden is the first participant to compete in Miss Minnesota USA while wearing the hijab, attempting to clear all misconceptions about Muslim women, reports Buzzfeed.

If Halima wins, she will represent the state of Minnesota in Miss USA 2017. Aden also wore a burkini in the swimsuit segment, being the first to do so as the crowd lauded her decision.



Aden has never competed in a pageant before, and decided to do so this year so she can help break the negative stereotypes about Muslims in the USA.

“There is not one description of beauty, that in fact it has different faces, different stories, and different background, and it’s important to embrace all of those,” Aden said while talking to a TV station.

Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Aden migrated to Minnesota with her parents when she was a child. Minnesota is known as a popular place for Somali immigrants to settle.

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The 19-year-old also faced a lot of criticism from home and a disagreement from her own mother, who believes that she should focus on her education.

Aden, however, believes that the disagreement is merely a generation gap, and went on to buy a burkini for the swimsuit segment in the pageant.

“The hijab is a symbol that we wear on our heads,” Aden said, “but I want people to know that it is my choice. I’m doing it because I want to do it.”

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The Miss USA pageant was previously owned by President-Elect Donald Trump for the last two decades. This, however changed which Trump made some distasteful comments about immigrants. The pageant is now on aired on the Fox News.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Faraz
    Nov 30, 2016 - 11:17AM

    But isn’t the purpose of hijab to hide your beauty for the sake of Allah rather than to show it off to the world?Recommend

  • Nitin Hire
    Nov 30, 2016 - 2:01PM

    The liberal American can allow a muslim girl to don a hijab.will Muslim country allow a non muslims to don their choice of attires.Recommend

  • Faheem
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Being Muslim, why even take part in a beauty contest. Utter nonsense & confused girl. Recommend

  • Hannatu
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:10PM

    Participating in a beauty pageant in itself negates the purpose of the hijab!Recommend

  • Faheem
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:10PM

    Or may be she is sent for a larger sinister cause, you never know.Recommend

  • Lahore
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:19PM

    @Nitin Hire, no we will not/should not and we don’t need to, whether they accept us or not , bcz we think our standard is based on modesty its not theory of relativity here to exchange/bargain.Recommend

  • jm
    Nov 30, 2016 - 5:04PM

    Standardize inventing life saving drugs rather then on these.Recommend

  • I am a Khan
    Feb 3, 2017 - 7:09PM

    Work is being done on both life saving drugs, medicine, science and on modesty, religious teachings as well…you dont need to lose modesty or values in order to progress…Recommend

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