Minneapolis legislator Ilhan Omar lands cover of TIME Magazine

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Ilhan Omar -- the first Somali-American Muslim to become a legislator -- is one of 46 "women who are changing the world." 

That's according to TIME Magazine, which featured the Minneapolis lawmaker on the cover of its September 18 issue. Arriving on newsstands Friday, the "Firsts" project includes 12 special covers highlighting 12 trailblazing women, including Omar. 

In her mini essay for TIME, Omar reflects on her childhood years in a Kenyan refugee camp, and how the immigrant experience shaped her once arriving in the U.S. She also details her 2016 battle for the District 60B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

"People said I should be proud of myself if I got even 10 percent of the votes, but I’m pretty competitive," writes the first-term DFLer. "I wanted to keep going so I could prove them wrong. I ended up pushing all of the negative things aside because I kept thinking, regardless of whether we win or lose, this will shift the narrative about what is possible."

Other women featured in TIME's "Firsts" issue include Selena Gomez, Kellyanne Conway, Oprah Winfrey, and Ava DuVernay, as well as non-celebs like Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn and former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns. 

The TIME cover provides more high-profile exposure for Omar, who appeared on Comedy Central's Daily Show in July; she inspired a "hijarbie" doll in May. 


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