She became the first woman to compete in the pageant with full clothing.

  29 November 2016 16:45

A Muslim woman has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant while fully clothed.

Halima Aden made the semifinals of the competition over the weekend while wearing a hijab. She also wore a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Aden's swim outfit stood in contrast to those of the other 44 contestants, most of whom wore bikinis.

Before the competition, the 19-year-old Somali-American woman told Minnesota Public Radio News that the pageant was "a great platform to show the world who I am."

Aden, however, didn't end up taking home the winning prize this year, as Meredith Gould, a contestant from Minneapolos, was crowned Miss Minnesota. Gould will be competing in the Miss USA beauty pagenat next year. 

Associated Press

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