The swimsuit competition (or as it’s increasingly being called nowadays, the “active wear” competition) has always been the stickiest part of any beauty pageant. It’s basically an easy way to get conventionally attractive women to prance around in nearly nothing and judge them on their “fitness” or something, and it’s been opposed by feminists, religious conservatives, and anyone who thinks this is a pretty weird requirement to win a scholarship.
Over the weekend, Halima Aden made the semifinals of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant—and she also made history by being the first woman to wear a hijab and a burkini while doing so.
Halima Aden starts off Miss Minnesota USA's swimsuit segment to big cheers from the crowd. Announcer: "She's making history tonight." pic.twitter.com/OUvbHv6xct
— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) November 27, 2016