Halima Aden made historical past as the primary hijab-wearing mannequin in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue final yr. However in 2020, she returns as an SI veteran, debuting an editorial she shot in the Dominican Republic with Kate Powers. (Final yr, the 22-year-old supermodel was photographed by SI‘s longtime photographer Yu Tsai, who captured the brand new cowl.)
“You by no means must commit or be one thing that does not make you’re feeling assured and exquisite.”
“It is all the time thrilling and a bit like, ‘Oh my gosh, I am unable to consider I am capturing for SI!’ So, I do not suppose the butterflies ever essentially go away, whether or not it is your first or second yr, however I’ll say that coming again, I knew what to anticipate, and I used to be much more snug. I knew what the setup could be like,” Halima advised me after I talked to her in regards to the expertise. “[SI Swim Editor in Chief MJ Day] will come as much as me and be like, ‘OK, how does this burkini make you’re feeling? Do you really prefer it?’ You by no means must commit or be one thing that does not make you’re feeling assured and exquisite.”
Halima wears a purple Tommy Hilfiger burkini with a camouflage-print hijab and translucent visor in one shot and strikes a extra ethereal tone in impartial colours for her colorblock second in the function. Though we talked enthusiastically about her seems, Halima was palms down most involved with increasing the dialog round illustration and variety as an entire, bearing on the progress Sports Illustrated has made as an organization to vary the business:
“This yr, the difficulty options Valentina Sampaio, who’s the journal’s first-ever transgender mannequin. That may be a large, large deal and going to make so many individuals really feel proud. We’re speaking about illustration, and the LGBTQ+ group is simply one other group of folks that hasn’t felt represented.”
Scroll by to learn much more of Halima’s empowering messages about why the style world may stand to press the “reset” button throughout these attempting occasions for our nation, and see extra from her Sports Illustrated shoot, which is now formally on stands.