For the first time in the pageant's history, a contestant wore a burkini during the swimsuit segment.
She was born in a Kenyan refugee camp. Then, at 6 years old, Halima Aden and her family moved to Minnesota.
Minnesota is home to one of the largest Somali communities in the U.S. As such, Aden grew up surrounded by lots of other Muslim women and girls. What she saw in the media, however, didn't match her own experience growing up in America.
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