Teen Aspiring to Become First Hijabi Ballerina Is on 'Pointe'

Stephanie Kurlow hopes to be first professional hijabi ballerina

Women all over the world are working hard to break down barriers. Some blaze trails in a suit, while others aren't afraid to kick down doors, one pointe shoe at a time. Stephanie Kurlow happens to be one of those people. In fact, the 14-year-old Australian teen aspires to become the first professional hijabi ballerina.

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"I want to encourage everyone to join together no matter what faith, race, or colour."

Stephanie, who has been dancing since she was a tot, decided to put her passion on hold several years ago, after converting to Islam. Thankfully, women like Misty Copeland, the first black female principal in the American Ballet Theatre, and Amna Al Haddad, the first hijabi weight lifter, inspired the teen to lace back up.

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Now, the 14-year-old sensation is showing the world that Muslim girls who wear hijabs can follow their dreams too.

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In addition to her crowdfunding campaign to raise money to train professionally, Stephanie also hopes to open up a performing arts school, so more people can pursue their dreams -- regardless of race, religion, and other differences that often divide us.

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In case you don't know by now, Stephanie is one total badass on the dance floor.

Twirl on, girl!

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"I want to encourage everyone to join together no matter what faith, race or colour. To bring harmony and a world of acceptance for future generations."

*Receives standing ovation*

What Stephanie is doing is nothing short of wonderful -- and I hope she achieves her dreams.

Sometimes, it can be hard to continue on a path, especially when you're one of the first to walk it. I can only imagine how discouraging times have been for Stephanie -- including any conflcits she has to deal with regarding her faith -- but I am happy Stephanie has found inspiration to continue paving the way for others, who will likely follow.

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And honestly, I bow down to anyone who puts on one of those pointe shoes. Ouch!

Keep on dancing, Stephanie!

 

 

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