Halima Aden, a Somali who was born and spent her childhood in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp, has broken yet another taboo and is challenging perceptions both in the US which is now her home and around the world.
She has become the first Muslim and the first woman wearing a hijab and burkini (a much more modest version of the bikini) to appear in the highly influential Sports Illustrated magazine. She is on the cover as well as inside pages of the magazine that is read by millions in the US and around the world.
She told the BBC: "Young girls who wear a hijab should have women they look up to in any and every industry. We are now seeing politicians, business women, television reporters, and other successful hijabi women in visible roles and that is the message we need to be sending.
"The response has been incredible and I'm so honoured that Sports Illustrated has taken the step to showcase the beauty that modestly dressed women possess."
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