Anti-Muslim American racists are in panic these day, even though they have elected Donald Trump: America’s First Jewish President.
But it seems Americans in Minnesota are rebelling against the Establishment. They elected the first Muslim to US Congress, Keith Ellison in 2007. On November 8, 2016, they sent first Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, to the State Congress. She defeated Phyllis Kahn, who had occupied the seat for the last 44 years. Ilhan Omar happens to wear Hijab.
Over the weekend, Halima Aden, 19, a Minnesota Muslim girl made history in the state’s Miss USA beauty pageant, becoming the first contestant to compete in a hijab and Burkini. Miss Aden made the top 15 in a contest of 45 – but though didn’t win, she still took the showing as a victory.
“A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you’re covered up and they’re not used to it, so growing up I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing,” said Aden.
Aden was born in Kenya and moved to Minnesota as a child.
Aden decided to wear her traditional clothing because that is what she is more comfortable in and to inspire others to embrace themselves.
“Be who you are. It’s easy to feel like you have to blend in, but it takes courage to live your life with conviction and embrace the person that you are,” said Aden.
Pageant officials support Aden’s choice to be fully covered.
“I think for Halima standing on the stage this weekend she is showing other women that they too can do that and that it’s possible for them,” said Denise Wallace, executive co-director of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
In 2011, Indonesia with world’s largest Muslim population, held Muslim world’s first Muslimah World pageant to counter Western ‘Miss Universe’ pageant. It was organized by the ‘Indonesia Islamic Fashion Consortium‘, a NGO.