What do you think of when you picture a ballerina, a fencer or…. an American Girl Scout? Probably not a hijabi with a fierce smile! But, as these women have shown, anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
This shining, rising star on her way to the Olympics
“Bring home the gold,” said President Obama in the same gathering yesterday! Ibtihaj Muhammad is a saber fencer for Team USA and she’s already making history by being the first American to compete in hijab at the Olympic Games later this year.
The 30-year-old from Maplewood, New Jersey, said: “There are a lot of African-American athletes, but I can’t think of a female Muslim woman I can look to for inspiration as an athlete.”
She’ll be changing that score!
This teenage hijabi ballerina with serious moves
Stephanie Kurlow is a 14-year-old girl from Sydney, Australia, who has dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer… and has gone for it!
Stephanie has been performing on stage since she was two years old and wasn’t about to give it up when she converted to Islam and started wearing hijab. She recently created a crowd fundraising campaign in the hope of paying for the tuition and fees of one year of ballet school. She eventually wants to use her experience to open a diverse performing arts academy that caters to children and teenagers of different religions, races and backgrounds.
This cheeky grin from a flag-wearing Girl Scout
President Obama made his first US mosque visit earlier this week to demonstrate that Muslim Americans are part and parcel of American society and should not feel out of place. This lovely girl got creative with her outfit to bring the point home. Right home. He said:
“Generations of Muslim Americans have helped build our country as farmers, merchants and workers on Henry Ford’s assembly line. They’re the teachers who inspire our kids, and the nurses and doctors whom we trust with our health. They’re scientists who win Nobel Prizes and young entrepreneurs creating new technologies.