14-year-old Muslim girl dreams to be the first hijabi ballet dancer

14-year-old Muslim girl dreams to be the first hijabi ballet dancer

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A young Muslim ballerina wants other girls like her to know they can make a change — no matter their beliefs or the clothes they choose to wear

Stephanie Kurlow, 14, converted to Islam with her Australian father, Russian-born mother and two brothers in 2010. Sadly, her conversion led to her feeling the need to give up ballet. She wanted to wear her hijab to dance classes in the southwest suburbs of Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her family, but she couldn’t find a school who would accept her

“The hijab is so important to me because it’s a part of who I am and represents the beautiful religion that I love,” Kurlow told Mashable Australia. “If people have the right to dress down then I have the right to dress up and my hijab is my expression of love to my creator and I believe it covers my body but not my mind, heart and talent.” Read more…

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14-year-old Muslim girl dreams to be the first hijabi ballet dancer