Halima Aden has a pretty face. Too bad you can’t see the rest of her. We know Muslims are supremacists who think they are better than the rest of us and by refusing to dress like all the other contestants in the Miss USA Beauty Pageant, Aden is telling us “I am better than you and even in YOUR country, in YOUR American beauty contest, I can make my own rules and refuse to dress in what Muslims consider attire for whores and sluts.”
Star Tribune Halima Aden knows she’ll stand out at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant — and that’s the point. While other contestants don revealing bikinis during the swimsuit portion of the competition this weekend, she will cover her body from neck to wrist to ankle, wearing a chaste“burkini” instead . Aden, a 19-year-old Somali-American, will wear a colorful headscarf and show only her face.
She will be the first fully covered Muslim woman to compete in the state pageant. She entered intent on breaking barriers for Muslim women, to counter the negative image that they are oppressed.
But admittance into the two-day competition, which begins Saturday at Burnsville’s Ames Center, does not come without a cost. The pageant has caused a rift between Aden and her mother, as well as some Somali community members who do not support her bid for Miss Minnesota USA. (Is an ‘honor’ killing in her future?)
Social media sites sharing news coverage of her participation were flooded with comments calling her choice to model “haram,” or forbidden by Islamic law. The backlash was surprising for Aden, who made it clear to supporters and strangers alike that she would not be compromising her religious principles of modesty to compete.
Aden and her mother
Aden’s deeply religious mother, however, is troubled by her participation. Her mother, who declined to be identified for privacy reasons, said she would rather see her daughter focused on school. Aden collected her burkini from a friend’s place — she hadn’t kept any pageant garments in her mother’s apartment — and went home to try it on for her.
As Aden pranced back and forth in the living room, her mother sat and scowled. She did not approve. “The top is too short,” her mother said. “This outfit is revealing.”
The dress reached just above Aden’s knees, revealing pants underneath. The swimsuit-like material, she said, exposed her figure. Distraught, Aden sat at the edge of their black leather couch arguing that the suit was purchased from a Muslim-approved website.
Without time to order another swimsuit, her only options were to pair the outfit with a skirt for additional modesty or withdraw from the competition altogether. She chose the pageant.