Halima Aden makes history for Sports Illustrated

The 21-year-old Somali-American model is the first to wear a burkini and a hijab in the magazine's upcoming annual swimsuit issue.
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We want to move to the ground breaking model revolutionizing the definition of "Sports illustrated" in this year's swimsuit edition make agent whole lot of history and, janai, you had a chance to sit down with her. "Sports illustrated" says this year when it comes to beauty it's all about shattering perceptions and you're about to meet one model who is doing just that. Take a look. Don't change yourself. Change the game. Reporter: Halima Aden is changing the game and making history as the first hijab-wearing model to wear a burqini in "Sports illustrated's" legendary swimsuit issue. When you are out there shooting it, what was going through your mind? We definitely had a lot of moments where everybody was like breaking down crying because it's a huge moment. "Sports illustrated" is proving that a girl that's wearing a bikini could be right alongside a girl wearing a burqini and as women we can be be each other's biggest cheerleaders. Reporter: Known for turning Tyra banks and Katie Upton into household names they're trying to push forward the conversation around beauty. This year's issue has one of the biggest and broadest samplings of beauty we've ever featured so you see a wide range of age and race and levels of modesty that really is a first for us. How did you feel when you first saw the pictures. I've never gotten to shoot in the ocean wearing a swimsuit and I fell like I was Beyonce in that water, I was like living my best life. It was incredible and it was a neat, neat experience. Something I probably will never get to experience again. Reporter: As a child Halima grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya. Today the 21-year-old model is breaking barriers in the fashion industrynd empowering others. What are your hopes for the future in continuing to be such a role model, not just a supermodel but a role model for so many people? For me what I've always been passionate about is combining fashion with activism and breaking those stereotypes like who says a girl wearing a hijab cannot shoot for "S.I." I want to continue to show these girls, I want to show them, yes, you can. You're a queen. Yes, you can. And Halima is also an ambassador for Ung self. An organization that's close to her heart. He helped her when she was growing up as a refugee in Kenya and got to go back to do work in the same camp she grew up in, an experience she calls the new "Sports illustrated" swimsuit issue hits newsstands may 8th. She didn't have to foresake who she is and what she believes to do this. In her contract she got it in she would walk away from any jobs that were winter her faith. Coming up, the very funny

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