Halima Aden is still stunned she\u2019s made history.The Somali-American model previously made headlines at age 19 when she competed in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant as the first person to ever wear a hijab\u00a0and burkini during the show. She\u2019s now also the first to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to wear that\u00a0attire.SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT MODEL HALIMA ADEN MAKES HISTORY\n Halima Aden made history as the first model to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit wearing a hijab and burkini. The coveted issue is currently on newsstands.\n (Yu Tsai)Born in Kenya at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, the 21-year-old moved to the United States at age 7. However, the magazine brought Aden back to her home country for her rookie spread on Watamu Beach with photographer Yu Tsai.Aden, along with 31 other Sports Illustrated\u00a0models, recently headed to Miami for \u201cSI Swimsuit on Location,\u201d a two-day ticketed exhibition which gave fans the opportunity to explore one-of-a-kind installations and photo experiences, among others. The magazine\u2019s stars all celebrated at Mynt and Myn-Tu, the newly opened Japanese-French concept restaurant by Romain Zago next to the\u00a0lounge. It was there where\u00a0they candidly shared their experiences posing in the sizzling issue.\u201cThis is the first time that Sports Illustrated has featured a woman wearing a hijab and burkini and this launch represents shattering perceptions,\u201d Aden revealed at the venue\u2019s red carpet affair. \u201cI mean, look at the women and the caliber of women here. [Cover girls] Tyra Banks, Camille [Kostek], Alex [Morgan] \u2014 everybody here is shattering their own perceptions and breaking boundaries like never before and this is what [editor] MJ [Day] wants to celebrate. So, I\u2019m so incredibly grateful to be a part of this.\u201dAden shared she was thrilled to return to her roots for the magazine in hopes of inspiring others.SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT MODEL HALIMA ADEN REACTS TO MAKING HISTORY\u201cI was born in a refugee camp in Kenya,\u201d Aden explained. \u201cSo, to go back and shoot with Sports Illustrated in one of the most iconic beaches was absolutely mind-blowing. I\u2019m just so grateful to MJ. The message she is sending is so timely and exactly what the world needs today.\u201d\u201cMy start was wearing the burkini on Miss Minnesota USA,\u201d she continued. \u201cSo the burkini was a natural fit. And this is the perfect marriage. A woman wearing a burkini. SI. What it represents is to celebrate womanhood and powerful women \u2014 perfect marriage.\u201dIn April, Aden told Fox News in a written statement that she couldn\u2019t be prouder to pose in SI wearing a hijab and burkini.\u201cBeing featured in this year\u2019s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will have such a great impact on women and young girls who have never seen someone who looks like them represented in the public eye,\u201d the Somali-American model told Fox News in a written statement. \u201cSI Swimsuit has been at the forefront of changing the narrative and conversation on social issues and preconceived notions. I\u2019m hoping this specific feature will open doors up for my Somali community, Muslim community, refugee community and any other community that can relate to being different.\u201d\n Halima Aden walks the runway for the Sherri Hill Show during New York Fashion Week February 2019 on February 8, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim\/Getty Images for Sherri Hill)\n SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT MODEL HUNTER MCGRADY PRAYS FOR HATERS ON INSTAGRAM\u201cThis feature is proving that a fully covered hijab wearing model can confidently stand alongside a beautiful woman in a revealing bikini and together they can celebrate one another, cheer each other on, and champion each other\u2019s successes,\u201d Aden continued. \u201cIt\u2019s also putting the burkini on the map which is imperative for young Muslim girls. They need to know that there is a modest swimsuit option available to them so they can join the swim team, participate in swim class at school, and go with their friends to the beach. \u00a0Swimming is a life skill that everyone needs to know how to do. Now, Muslim girls should feel confident taking that step and doing so comfortably while wearing a burkini.\u201dThe magazine reported Aden previously landed the covers of British Vogue, Allure, as well as walked on the New York Fashion Week runway.\n Model Halima Aden wears a green headscarf, black floral top, leather skirt, and green boots on February 8, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Melodie Jeng\/Getty Images)\n \u201cWe believe beauty knows no boundaries,\u201d said SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day. \u201cI admire Halima, and I consider her an inspirational human for what she has decided to use her platform for and her work with Unicef as an ambassador. She is, in my opinion, one of the great beauties of our time, not only outside but inside. When we met, I was instantaneously taken by her intelligence, enthusiasm and authenticity.\u201dDay continued: \u201cWe both believe the ideal of beauty is so vast and subjective. We both know that women are so often perceived to be one way or one thing based on how they look or what they wear. Whether you feel your most beautiful and confident in a burkini or a bikini, YOU ARE WORTHY.\u201dSPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT MODEL KELSEY MERRITT SAYS SHE WAS ONCE BANNED FROM WEARING BIKINIS\n The Somali-American model previously made history at 19 years old by competing in the Miss Minnesota U.S.A. pageant as the first person to ever wear a hijab and burkini during the show. She made it to the semi-finals of the competition.\n (Yu Tsai)Aden told the magazine that the idea of even being photographed for SI is she couldn\u2019t have ever predicted in her wildest dreams.\u201cI keep thinking [back] to 6-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,\u201d Aden said in the announcement from Sports Illustrated revealed Monday. \u201cSo to grow up to live the American dream [and] to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya \u2014 I don\u2019t think that\u2019s a story that anybody could make up.\u201dThe Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is currently on newsstands.