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Muslim woman wears hijab, burkini in Minnesota pageant

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/28/2016
In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by Alishba Kazmi, Halima Aden poses for a photo at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Aden, a Somali-American, will be the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA contest while wearing a hijab and other modest Muslim clothing that keeps her fully covered. (Alishba Kazmi via AP) © The Associated Press In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by Alishba Kazmi, Halima Aden poses for a photo at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Aden, a Somali-American, will be the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA contest while wearing a hijab and other modest Muslim clothing that keeps her fully covered. (Alishba Kazmi via AP)

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — 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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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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