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    Posted: 28 January 2018 at 9:33am
World’s First Hijabi To Compete Internationally As A Professional Ice Skater

She is unequivocally breaking barriers.

Born in the United Arab Emirates, and 22 years old, Zahra Lari is the first woman competing internationally wearing a headscarf and the first woman to do so from a Persian Gulf state.

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Lari’s passion and admiration for figure skating started when she watched a Disney movie, ‘Ice Princess’, at the age of 12. Determined to make her dream into a reality, she persisted and did whatever she had to do. Even if it meant to wake up at 04:30 in the morning and practice before going to school...

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" I admire this young lady for following her dream. But how is she a 'professional'?

I once had an acquaintance who claimed she had been a 'professional swimmer'.

I didn't know what that meant either.
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Originally posted by Doris

" I admire this young lady for following her dream. But how is she a 'professional'?

I once had an acquaintance who claimed she had been a 'professional swimmer'.

I didn't know what that meant either.


A professional is the opposite of an amateur.

Most likely they make a living out of the sport they play.

The other possibility is they are so good, they are considered professionals.

Here is more background to her story:

She is unequivocally breaking barriers.

Born in the United Arab Emirates, and 22 years old, Zahra Lari is the first woman competing internationally wearing a headscarf and the first woman to do so from a Persian Gulf state.

The Dream

Lari’s passion and admiration for figure skating started when she watched a Disney movie, ‘Ice Princess’, at the age of 12. Determined to make her dream into a reality, she persisted and did whatever she had to do. Even if it meant to wake up at 04:30 in the morning and practice before going to school.

The Struggle

Coming from a conservative Muslim country, her father did not agree with her competing and believed that it went against their culture and traditions. His decisions hindered her ability to join skating competitions throughout her teenage years. However, her father relented when he realized the inexplicable joy the sport brought her as she would watch her friends in the competitions. He then gave her permission to participate and is now her biggest supporter.

For Lari, it was quite a strenuous task to perform routines wearing a tight-fitting skating outfit. She had to find a way to harmoniously balance her modesty with the requirements of professional figure skating competitions. She now wears an opaque cloth and thick leggings in lieu of the conventional see-through fabrics worn by skaters...

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