Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Features a Burkini

These days, a woman in a burkini is not an uncommon sight. 

But to have a Muslim model being featured in a magazine that targets males – that’s something else. I guess, there’s always a first time. 

I’m talking about Sports Illustrated’s signature annual swimsuit issue, famous for its racy covers of scantily clad bikini models: 

And in its May 2019 edition, it has Halima Aden (right) in a swimwear which covers her entire body except her face, hands and feet. 

The twenty-one-year-old is thrilled. She says: “I'm so honored that Sports Illustrated has taken the step to showcase the beauty that modestly dressed women possess". Hmmm. 

Anyway, we get to see this Somali-American supermodel who is ‘fully-clothed’ and yet, still strikes a sexy pose in the said magazine that is well-known for objectifying women. 

I don’t know about you – but I say this is completely counter-intuitive. 

Additional notes: The burkini was originally created by Australian Muslim designer Aheda Zanetti in 2016 – the same year it became the subject of public debate in France after officials banned women from wearing burkinis on some beaches. It was a move slammed by many Muslim women at the time as sexist and Islamophobic.

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