This Teen Is the First Ever Miss USA Contestant to Wear a Burkini
Usually, we aren’t that excited about beauty pageant news. We mean, really, there are pageants, people win a crown, the cycle continues. Not much to report, right? Well, as of this past weekend, the pageant world got a whole lot more exciting and interesting with the Miss Minnesota USA pageant’s Somali-born contestant Halima Aden. While we’ve mostly been obsessing over The Crown, this new development is one that might actually get us excited about pageants for the first time ever.
Sunday night’s Miss Minnesota USA Pageant had Halima compete in her hijab, a traditional Muslim head covering for women. The 19-year-old is the first pageant contestant ever to don one in competition. During the swimsuit portion, Halima wore her “burkini,” the name given to a full piece swimsuit originally designed simply for modest women to wear at the beach, but embraced by Muslim women the world over.
While her mother isn’t 100-percent on board with her competing in Miss USA, Halima, who hopes to be a UN Ambassador in the future, sees that inter-generational differences should be both embraced and challenged, “We (Halima and her mom) do come from two different generations. I feel like we’re a little bit more Americanized than our parents are. She doesn’t understand it because it’s not something that exists back home.”
Unfortunately, Halima didn’t take home the crown this time (but was a semi-finalist!), but her passion for helping show people that their similarities are stronger than their differences will hopefully carry over, and we’ll see more women of different faiths participating in pageants across the country soon. That would definitely make us way more interested in checking them out in the future.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)