Meet Stephanie who wants to become world's first hijab-wearing ballerina

New Delhi , News Nation Bureau | Updated : 15 February 2016, 05:55 PM

She has been dancing since she was a toddler but stopped when her family converted to Islam in 2010. Fourteen-year-old Stephanie Kurlow wants to become world’s first hijab wearing ballerina.

Kurlow is inspired by the first female African-American ballerinas, Michaela DePrince and Misty Copeland, as inspirations.

Thanks to a LaunchGood campaign, Kurlow has begun the journey toward $10,000 to cover the first year of her ballerina training.

“I plan on bringing the world together by becoming the very first Muslim ballerina so that I can inspire so many other people to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams,” Kurlow wrote. “My dream is to train in a full-time ballet school catered for aspiring young girls who want to train 30-45 hours a week so they can become a professional ballerina.”

“Everything made sense for me in Islam,” Kurlow said. “I like to be modest and I like to keep my dignity. I like to know the purpose of my life. I like to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid harmful things,” said Kurlow. There is no doubt about the fact that if you really want to achieve something, nothing can stop you.

First Published: Monday, February 15, 2016 05:48 PM
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