Top 10 Ways Hijabis Won in Breaking Stereotypes

Millions of women are celebrating the seventh World Hijab day in solidarity with Muslim women around the world.

This year’s World Hijab Day is all about “Breaking Stereotypes, Shattering Boundaries,” and we have gathered up our favorite hijabis who have done just that.


10 – Becoming a Real Ballerina, Stephanie Kurlow

Posted by Stephanie Kurlow on Friday, 18 January 2019


Kurlow is currently in professional training to be a ballerina.

9 – Bringing Peace to Wimbledon, Aseel Shaheen

Meet Aseel Shaheen: a 41 year-old woman from Kuwait who became the real success story on the grass of Wimbledon. She is the first Muslim woman line judge in the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament

Posted by Yusr on Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Shaheen is the first Muslim line judge on the court in Wimbledon.


8 – Having a Documentary Made About Her Being Excluded from Basketball for Hijab, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

Posted by Life Without Basketball on Monday, 27 March 2017


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Abduk-Qaadir was banned from staring on the court because of her hijab. The documentary “Life Without Basketball” was made about her struggle and now she’s back to scoring!


7 – Continuously Representing in Advertising Campaigns, Halima Aden

Posted by Halima Aden on Sunday, 24 December 2017


Aden was controversial as the first hijabi covergirl in the west, but she stayed the course and now repeatedly shows up on magazine covers and in high-profile campaigns.


6 – Winning Millions of Dollars for Making Positive Community Impacts, Hanan al-Hroub and Roshni Ride

Posted by ‎Hanan Al Hroub – حنان الحروب‎ on Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Al-Hroub is a teacher in Palestine and won the million dollar Global Teacher Prize in recognition of her work supporting children traumatized by violence.

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Posted by Roshni Rides on Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Roshini Rides won the prestigious Hult Prize for their campaign that uses rickshaws to bring dignity (and transportation) to the lives of refugees.


5 – Being the Face of a Leading Multinational Sport Brand, Zahra Lari

Posted by Zahra Lari Figure Skater on Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Multi-award winning figure skater Lari was chosen to be the face of Nike’s first sport hijab.


4 – Being Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkul Karman and Malala Yousafzai

Posted by Tawakkol Karman on Friday, 2 March 2018


Karman is a journalist and the founder of “Women Journalists Without Chains.” In 2011 she was a co-recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”


Malala Yousafzai is world leader for equality, education and freedom. She is my hero.

Posted by Malala Yousafzai Club on Monday, 20 August 2018


Yousafzai is a human rights activist, especially known for her work advocating for the rights of girls’ education in Northwest Pakistan and being shot by the Taliban for doing so. In 2014 Yousafzai was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.


3 – Conquering “The Great British Bake Off,” Nadiya Hussain

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Posted by Nadiya Hussain on Saturday, 25 August 2018


After winning the 2015 “Great British Bake-Off,” Hussain has continued a career in television and written three books.


2 – Winning an Olympic Medal, Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Posted by Ibtihaj Muhammad on Thursday, 26 July 2018


In 2016 Muhammad won an Olympic Bronze Medal for sabre fencing. Muhammad has also written two books, launched a clothing line, had a Barbie made in her likeness and is a sports ambassador, serving on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative.


1 – Being Voted into US Congress – Ilhan Omar

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Posted by Time For Ilhan on Thursday, 17 January 2019


Omar relocated to the US as a refugee when she was a teenager. After a career as a community nutrition educator, Omar began her career in politics first as a campaign manager and then serving as a Senior Policy Aide. In 2018 she won the election to serve as a US Congresswoman from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. After her election, a proposal was made and successful to remove the ban on head covering in the US House.