Maine has broken a huge barrier this week. Miss Maine had their first hijab-wearing contestant compete this year, Hamdia Ahmed. The 19-year-old wore a hijab during the pageant and a burkini during the swimsuit portion of the competition.
She shared the news on her Twitter.
Hamdia’s Twitter says that she was born in Somalia and raised in a refugee camp in Kenya. The Miss Maine contestant has aspirations to become a model.
Her dream isn’t far off. Halima Aden became the first contestant in the Miss Minnesota contestant to wear a hijab. Now Halima is a high fashion model and is signed to IMG. She’s walked in Yeezy Season 5 show and was in a Vogue spread this summer.
Hamdia definitely has what it takes to be a model. According to one of the Instagram posts, she entered the pageant because she “wanted to try something new, and gain more confidence,” while also inspiring girls who look like her.
On top of being the first hijab-wearing contestant, she is also the Muslim Miss Maine contestant. Click through the gallery to see Hamdia’s best Instagrams.