Somali-American Halima Aden is breaking down barriers, becoming the first fully covered Muslim woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. 
“The hijab is a symbol that we wear on our heads, but I want people to know that it is my choice. I’m doing it because I want to do it,” Aden told the Star Tribune. 
Beyond being the first contestant to sport a hijab throughout the pageant, the teen also opted for a full-body bathing suit, often referred to a burkini. 
She did so to make sure she didn’t compromise any of her values to compete. 
“A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you’re covered up and they’re not used to it, so growing up I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing,” Aden told NBC affiliate KARE. 
Aden was …
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