Meet Stephanie Kurlow : the Muslim girl who wants to be the first hijabi ballerina

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Stephanie Kurlow is a 14 year old Australian revert and avid ballet dancer whose dream is to become the first professional ballerina wearing a hijab and she’s well on her way to achieving it! Photo Credit: Stephanie Kurlow

Stephanie started dancing when she was only two years old, but when she converted to Islam in 2010 and started wearing the hijab, she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to dance anymore since many schools wouldn’t allow her to enter while wearing the veil.  But the young dancer wasn’t thinking of taking it off either since it forms a huge part of who she is. However, she wasn’t planning on giving up, with some big inspirational women on her mind such as Noor Tagouri, she felt like she had to hold on tight to her dreams and do whatever it takes to fulfil what she wanted for herself.

Kurlow has now started a fundraising so she can fund not only her tuition but also the supplies and competitions for a year. This way she can become the professional ballet dancer she has always wanted to be. But her dream doesn’t stop here. She might be a young girl, but she sure is very passionate and has everything it takes to be called a young entrepreneur. Because Stephanie isn’t only thinking about her personal dancing career, she wants to open a performance art academy that would allow people from all different religons, ethnicities and backgrounds. Source:


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