Muslim Teen Halima Aden Competes in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant Wearing Her Tradional Muslim Dress [VIDEO]
Halima Aden is the first Muslim teen to join a beauty pageant wearing all traditional Muslim dress. The 19-year-old teen made it up to semi-finals with a goal to inspire others of her story.
It is true that Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder, even though one is culturally different from the other, the way they carry themselves well will show how they give importance to inner beauty. In the recent Miss Minnesota USA competition, one teen defies what other thinks of girls like her, a Muslim, and inspires more girls to join despite the clothing limitations of their tradition. This proves that there are still pageant organizers who value the "forefront of the diversity of beauty."
Halima Aden, a Muslim Somali-American teen bravely competes with all the other teens in the recently held Miss Minnesota USA Competition 2016. She became the first woman contestant to wear all her traditional clothes like the Hijab and the Burkini during the pageant.
ABC News tells of her journey as she models around different attires together with her Muslim cover and dress. It also follows her story as she embarked on her first beauty pageant. Her beauty and wit made her reach up to the semi-finals but her purpose on joining the competition was to change how people think of Muslim people and how they can do normal things like others do.
Anything is possible just as Halima Aden went through the swimsuit portion still wearing her Hijab and a Burkini in a report by Mirror. Although she competed fully covered from head-to-toe, the teen from St. Cloud admitted in an interview that she too have misconceptions of being a Muslim, thinking that being different is a "negative thing". But wisdom and age taught her to be brave and to be proud of being different because monotony in life arises if things are all of the same.
In an interview, she urges everyone to break the misconception of Muslims doing bad things and not by being general about it. As others are not perfect, some Muslims can also take part in peace and order and be a relevant tool in the community. Halima Aden wanted to be herself and with that, wearing her Hijab and other traditional Muslim covers, does not decrease who and what she can do more so that "Beauty is within".