Muslim Miss Minnesota Pageant Hopeful Competes in Hijab, Burkini

Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend

Miss Minnesota USA Muslim Contestant
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A Muslim woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed. 

Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition. 

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Aden's swim outfit stood in contrast to those of the other 44 contestants, most of whom wore bikinis. 

Before the competition, the 19-year-old Somali-American woman told Minnesota Public Radio News that the pageant was "a great platform to show the world who I am."

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