Halima grew up in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, before moving to the United States as a child, and today she’s the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine’s swim edition.
Sports Illustrated brought her back to her home country for this incredible empowering shoot which they shot on Kenya’s Watamu Beach.
Halima took to instagram posting the following, “Don’t change yourself .. Change the GAME!!” she wrote on Instagram. “Ladies anything is possible!!! Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings… can stand together and be celebrated. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit & the entire team for giving me this incredible opportunity.”
Take a look below for a sneak peak.