The other contestants in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wore revealing swimsuits.
She came out in a burkini — head-to-toe swimwear — and a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering.
Halima Aden, a 19-year-old Muslim from St. Cloud, Minn., wanted to compete on her terms. She wasn't sure how the pageant would react to her request to wear a burkini. "I prepared myself to hear 'no,' " she says. "But I was hoping they'd say 'yes.' So when they did allow me to wear a burkini, I was so thrilled."