Halima Aden feels "proud to be back" in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second consecutive year.
The 22-year-old made history when she became the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the publication last year, and she returns for the 2020 edition, shot by photographer Kate Powers in the Dominican Republic.
Sharing a photo of her wearing a red Tommy Hilfiger burkini with a camouflage-print hijab and translucent visor and a video of her posing in a modest khaki number in the sea, Halima wrote on Instagram: "So proud to be back for my 2nd year... shooting with @katepowerslovesyou was a dream."
In an interview with PopSugar, Halima revealed that she felt more comfortable the second time around.
"It's always exciting and a little like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm shooting for SI!' So, I don't think the butterflies ever necessarily go away, whether it's your first or second year, but I will say that coming back, I knew what to expect, and I was a lot more comfortable. I knew what the setup would be like," Halima explained. "(SI Swim Editor in Chief MJ Day) will come up to me and be like, 'OK, how does this burkini make you feel? Do you actually like it?' You never have to commit or be something that doesn't make you feel confident and beautiful."
She went on to praise the team for casting a diverse range of models for the issue, including Valentina Sampaio, the magazine's first-ever transgender model.
"That is a huge, huge deal and going to make so many people feel proud. We're talking about representation, and the LGBTQ+ community is just another group of people that hasn't felt represented," she gushed.
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