|Zahra Lari is UAE’s first figure skater and the first international skater to compete with a hijab. It was only after her first competition in which Lari received a deduction for being covered, and was hit with the media attention, that she realised she was making history. The ice skating community had never seen a skater compete in a hijab before and had not approved it as costume. Lari subsequently campaigned for a change to regulations and the rules were amended.
Zahra is pictured above sporting a Nike branded Hijab which she in fact helped design. "It will really encourage a lot of Muslim girls to be active and do what they love", she says. Zahra first found her dream to become a figure skater after watching the film Ice Princess. Despite her father's concerns that people might not understand their culture in the sport, she persevered and went on to establish the Emirates Skating Club. Vogue follow the inspirational athlete and activist as she takes us through a typical day filled with training sessions, physiotherapy, a photoshoot, and a talk to up-and-coming skaters. Alongside her rigorous training, Zahra is working towards a degree in environmental health and safety.
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