Halima Aden

Date of Birth: September 19th, 1997

Place of Birth: Kenya

She was the first woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant wearing a hijab and burkini. After making it as a semi-finalist, she was signed to the IMG Models label. Since then some of her accomplishments include walking during New York Fashion Week for Yeezy Season 5 in February of 2017 and appearing on the covers of Allure, Vogue Arabia and British Vogue as the first woman wearing a hijab. She retains the modesty she feels comfortable with while keeping up in the fashion world. She has made great strides in representation and diversification of the fashion industry and is showing that women of all backgrounds and religions are beautiful.

Sources:

Blumberg, A. (2016, Dec 12). 17 Muslim American women who made America great in 2016. Retrieved from www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-muslim-american-women-who-made-america-great-in-2016_us_584204b7e4b09e21702ec3b1

(2019, March 30). Halima Aden. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halima_Aden


State Rep. Ilhan Omar

Date of Birth: 1981

Place of Birth: Somalia

Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia but immigrated to the United States after living in Kenyan refugee camps for over 4 years. She ran for governor in Minnesota in 2016 and won, becoming the first Somali-American Muslim woman elected to the state legislature, the first naturalized citizen from Africa elected, the first non-white woman to be elected in Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Her stances on economic equality, clean and renewable energy, making college more affordable, and improving reform in the criminal justice system were seen as progressive and won her the seat.

Sources:

Blumberg, A. (2016, Dec 12). 17 Muslim American women who made America great in 2016. Retrieved from www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-muslim-american-women-who-made-america-great-in-2016_us_584204b7e4b09e21702ec3b1

(2019, May 20). Ilhan Omar. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilhan_Omar