Emirati ice skater Zahra Lari has become the first hijabi athlete to feature on the cover of a fitness and lifestyle magazine.
Women’s Health Middle East features 22-year-old Lari on the cover of its December edition. Lari wears the recently released Nike Pro Hijab, a hijab specifically designed for sports.
“Being on the cover of Women’s Health is amazing,” said Lari. “I’ve been reading it since forever. To be part of it, and to be the first one ever in a hijab on the cover, makes me so happy. I’m so proud and very, very honored to be able to do that. It’s amazing.”
“We can’t be more excited about our December issue,” added Danae Mercer, editor in chief of Women’s Health Middle East and Men’s Health Middle East.
“There’s been a dramatic growth of health and fitness from women in the region – just look at the rise in fitness events and things like Dubai Fitness Challenge. Women’s Health Middle East is all about showcasing some of the amazing local talent we have here. We are celebrating athletes, strength, women and empowerment.”
In November, Mattel introduced a hijabi doll to their collection, one inspired by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Earlier this year, hijabi weightlifter Anna Al Haddad spokestrongly about being a female athlete who competes covered.
And just weeks ago, Time magazine named the Nike Pro Hijab one of the 25 best inventions of 2017.
“People don’t realise what a big difference the Nike Pro Hijab will make to all the Muslim girls out there,” said Lari. “There are so many girls who don’t do sport because they can’t find the right thing to wear. This will help.”
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