A young Australian teenager, Stephenie Kurlow, wants to become the first hijabi ballet dancer; Stephenie along with her entire family had converted to Islam in 2010. Even though she wanted to continue taking the classes, she felt the need to discontinue ballet dancing after her conversion as she couldn’t find a school who would accept her.

Stephanie wants other girls like her to know they can make a change as well — no matter what their beliefs or the clothes are like.

Stephanie Kurlow

“The hijab is so important to me because it’s a part of who I am and represents the beautiful religion that I love,” commented young Kurlow. “If people have the right to dress down then I have the right to dress up and my hijab is my expression of love to my creator and I believe it covers my body but not my mind, heart and talent.”

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Kurlow has been dancing since she was a two-year-old and wanted to train as a professional ballerina while growing up. To cover her training expenses and be an inspiration for the rest of the girls like her, she started a crowd-funding campaign at LaunchGood to raise $10,000 and attain bigger dreams of not only becoming a professional ballet dancer but opening up a dance studio for young people hailing from different backgrounds.

Stephanie Kurlow

Her campaign description reads,“In this day and age, there is a lack of facilitation for youth who are disengaged or of a different religion or race. 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.”

“I want to encourage everyone to join together no matter what faith, race or colour. To bring harmony and a world of acceptance for future generations. YOU can help me achieve this dream.”

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