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Halima Aden Will Be First Sports Illustrated Model in a Hijab and Burkini

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — Somali-American model Halima Aden will be the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an annual edition perhaps best known for its pictures of bikini-clad models frolicking on the beach, the magazine said. It was not clear if Aden would be the first Muslim model to appear in the swimsuit issue, which has been published for decades. But the magazine said she would be the first Muslim model to appear wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some observant Muslim women.

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Somali-American model Halima Aden will be the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an annual edition perhaps best known for its pictures of bikini-clad models frolicking on the beach, the magazine said.

It was not clear if Aden would be the first Muslim model to appear in the swimsuit issue, which has been published for decades. But the magazine said she would be the first Muslim model to appear wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some observant Muslim women.

Aden referred to herself as a “burkini babe” in a video shared on Twitter by the magazine and called her appearance in Sports Illustrated “a dream come true.”

“Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” Aden said in the video.

“Ladies, anything is possible,” Aden wrote on Instagram. “Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings … can stand together and be celebrated.”

Aden was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in northeastern Kenya and moved to the United States when she was 7. She returned to Kenya for the photo shoot, the magazine said, and was photographed by Yu Tsai on Watamu Beach on the Indian Ocean.

The swimsuit issue will be on newsstands on May 8, Sports Illustrated said in a statement.

This article originally appeared in the Houston Forward Times

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A Store for ‘The People’ in East Oakland

The People’s Store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The People’s Store, located in East Oakland, is a boutique that sells small batch African clothing, jewelry, crystals, and sage along with natural personal care products.

Customers rave about the natural shea butter, black soap and oils that are found in the store. The owner sells products wholesale and retail.

Located at 2366 High St, Oakland, CA 94601, they can be reached at  (510) 698-4371. The owner supports the local community, supporting small, local entrepreneurs by stocking the shelves of The People’s Store with their products. Check out their IG for giveaways, events and discounts.

The People’s Store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Fashion Show for a Cause in Marin City

More than 100 people attended the show, which showcased 31 models who are students from various schools of various ages and who participated in Performing Stars programs.

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Models at the fashion show/ Photos by Godfrey Lee

Models at the fashion show/ Photos by Godfrey Lee

Felecia Gaston and Performing Stars presented their first fashion show “The Show – Fashion for A Cause” on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Rocky Graham Park in Marin City.

More than 100 people attended the show, which showcased 31 models who are students from various schools of various ages and who participated in Performing Stars programs. The students also participated in preparing garden art projects using recyclable materials and nature projects that originated from the Performing Stars’ Victory Garden program.   

The casual attire outfits were modeled and followed by performances.  Kwabeno Graham, Jr. and Chloe Ashby performed Spoken Word;  Maia and Gia Barrioz and Kiara Meza performed a Hispanic dance and Teresa Hoff  and ChauntiAna Thomas each sang a song.

After formal attire was modeled, Osiezhe, aka ‘Chosen Life,’ recited and danced a rap, Lauren Mims shared Spoken Word, and ChuantiAna Thomas sang a song.

The program ended with a Youth Ribbon Dance. 

The girl models who are of pre-school and elementary age were Gia Barrioz, Maria Barrioz, Arianna Soans, Kashmiere Gomez, Evelyn Cauich, Taylor Avila, Jane Mazariegos, Katie Calderon, Lupita Tecun, Armanda Soler, Mitzi Calderon, Keyari Bynum, Monya Dorhan, and Taniya Leggett.

The girl models who are of middle and high school age were Bella Christina Luckey, Brianna Zuniga, Brenda Lara, Tayana Bland, Jada Allen, Antanasia Cook, Emily Cauich, Briana Nieva, Kiara Meza, Xuley Nieva, and Beyonce Nieva.

The boy models of pre-school, elementary, and middle school age were Sioea Leota, Armaru Navia, Semaj Bynum, Kemari Bynum, Aj Conkey, and Kahyree Mitchell. 

Many people contributed to the production of this fashion show.

Federico Cortez was the event manager of the fashion show and artistic director of the Victory Garden Art Project. He had the vision for the fashion show for several years and designed many of the clothes that were modeled. He has been the operations manager of Performing Stars since 2017 and handles many of the Performing Stars’ activities. 

Cindy Rae Mewhorter, a high-fashion model working in Europe for 10 years, came to work with the youth with Performing Stars in Marin City especially for this show. She is currently an actress, model and has taught modeling at the Barbizon Modeling & Talent Agency.

Sherine Agbulos, the administrative assistant since 2019, and Marilyn Bryant, the program coordinator since 2019, also greatly contributed to the fashion show. The show was sponsored by Marin Charitable, The Milagro Foundation, and the County of Marin.

The Community Partners are YEMA, Barbizon, MCCSD, SMCSD, Conscious Kitchen, Marin County Free Library, Girl Scouts, Marin Housing, Sweet Tey’s Pastries. 

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Black Owned Fashion Brand Launches During COVID-19

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While many businesses are shuttering during the double pandemic, PSK Collective, launched online in August.  

Founded by legendary World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight, PSK Collective is a “size-inclusive” (up to 3XL) activewear brand:  sweatshirts, tops, jerseys, dresses, jackets, and 

The PSK Collective is donating 15% of its profits to the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) a non-profit founded by Billie Jean King to help women and girl athletes. Knight also sits on the Board of Trustees of WSF.

The PSK Collective is all about “recognition, equity, and unity” for women in sports and through fashion in pursuit of sports and leisure.  

Born on the Fourth of July in 1974, Knight played basketball and tennis in her youth before going to college an HBCU, Alabama State University.  Later, while she was attending law school at the University of Wisconsin that she was introduced to rough and tumble sport of rugby. 

Eventually, she would play and coach the running game from 1999 to 2019, making three appearances in 2002, 2006 and 2010 when she was named USA Rugby’s Player of the Decade.  

In 2016, Knight became the first, and so far, the only, Black person inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Knight came out as a lesbian in 1997.  

She practiced law after graduation but wanted to give back to women in sports. Her strong and athletic build meant Knight — and other women like her — were challenged by what to wear during their athletic endeavors.

Her work with WSF, the need for inclusivity and equality inspired her to create the PSK Collective, which is also affordable. 

The brand is geared for Gen Z/millennials and accessible to all. Its ambassadors are diverse and include Akira Armstrong, dancer/choreographer; Naya Tapper, also a rugby player, and Aja Evans, a bobsledder. The clothing line is also meant to appeal to wrestlers, BMX athletes and para-olympians.

In addition to the PSK Collective, Knight, a New Yorker, is pursuing mixed martial arts, broadcasting, and acting.  

Knight will be featured in Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised”.

For more information and on the PSK Collective, log onto psk-collective.com.

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