How do you feel about the burkini in the 'SI Swimsuit Issue'? | The Tylt
For the first time in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's history, a hijab and burkini will be featured on one model. Many are commending model Halima Aden and the popular magazine for being inclusive of all cultures. Still, others point to the issue's impact of empowering women to freely express themselves, while burkhas and burkinis are often seen as enforcing the modesty standards of stricter Muslim cultures. What do you think? 👙
How do you feel about the burkini in the 'SI Swimsuit Issue'?
While some are applauding Sports Illustrated for their effort to diversify their models, others see the magazine supporting a sect of a religion that oppresses women. What do you think of Halima Aden sporting the hijab and burkini?
Representation matters, but unlike other outlets, Sports Illustrated didn't just talk about this–it did something about it. Muslim women rarely get an opportunity to be featured in any magazine let alone one of the most iconic issues in the world. However, Somali-American Halima Aden got the chance and killed it.
Here is what she was hoping for a trailblazer:
There are so many Muslim women that feel like they don't fit society's standard of beauty. I just wanted to tell them it's OK to be different, being different is beautiful, too.
For many, burkinis are a choice. They wear them because they want to, not because they are forced to. Sports Illustrated showed the beauty of the burkini when no one else did.
Inclusion is never a bad thing.
Some women choose to wear burkas and burkinis, but what about the Muslim women who don't have the choice. Whether followers want to acknowledge it or not, there are violently oppressive parts of the religion that treat women horribly. Sports Illustrated is not doing any favors by promoting patriarchial views on what women can or cannot wear.
The swimsuit issue is about freedom and empowering women to be confident to wear what they want. This is a step in the wrong direction.
Including the burkini was a bad choice.