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Malala Yousafzai unveils her official portrait by artist Nasser Azam at Barbar Institute Of Fine Art on November 29, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)

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Here are some of the amazing Muslim women who would be barred from entering the U.S. under Trump’s “total shutdown” plan

By Andrew Tavani on December 8, 2015

Donald Trump’s shocking proposal to temporarily bar entry to Muslim immigrants has been met with widespread condemnation and ridicule. Putting aside the questionable constitutionality, bigotry and the utter impracticality of the idea, we thought a little thought exercise is in order since Trump is standing defiant in the face of criticism. Here’s a look at some of the famous and accomplished women who would be denied entry into the U.S. This is a simple thought experiment, and the below list is not exhaustive and says nothing of the millions of everyday Muslims from all walks of life who are decent, hardworking people that would be impacted by such a xenophobic plan.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai

Malala, people. Is The Donald really feeling threatened by Malala, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived a brutal attack by the Taliban and all-around good kid?

Queen Rania of Jordan

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19: Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan visits the Prado Media Lab cultural center on November 19, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Queen Rania has been a guest on our stage (check out her panel from our London Summit in October). She has also been very outspoken on dispelling stereotypes faced by Muslims and Arabs and has been a TV guest of Oprah Winfrey — a onetime friend of Trump.

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga speaks onstage during the Clinton Global Initiative 2015 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
(Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Ruh-roh. Barring another country’s president from entering the U.S. could make for a serious diplomatic mess. Jahjaga, 40, is a former policewoman, and in 2011 became the first woman to be elected president of Kosovo.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) poses for a 'class photograph' with the Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping participating countries during the 70th annual UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters September 28, 2015 in New York City. The White House helped to lead and secure new committments of peacekeeping support from UN member countries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hasina just visited New York City in September to attend the U.N. General Assembly. Woops, under the Trump plan she’d be forced to sit out that annual event.

Professional tennis player Aravane Rezaï

France's Aravane Rezai hits a shot to Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their French Tennis Open match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on May 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
(THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Rezaï was born in France to parents who immigrated there from Iran. In 2010, she rose into the top rankings by the WTA and she’s competed in the U.S. Open multiple times. So, returning to that competition would be a problem.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman

2011 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman attends the World Forum Convergences on September 9, 2014 at the Palais Brogniart in Paris. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Karman is a journalist and human rights activist from Yemen who, at the time, was the first Arab woman and only the second Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was recognized in 2011 for her work in women’s rights and safety of women. At 32, she was also the youngest peace prize winner until Malala was honored with the award.

French soccer star Jessica Houara

US' Defender Lori Chalupny (L) vies for the ball with France's defender Jessica Houara (C) and France's midfielder Elodie Thomis during the Women's friendly football match France vs USA on February 8, 2015, at the Moustoir Stadium, in Lorient, western France. AFP PHOTO/ JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Houara, 27, was a key member of France’s World Cup team earlier this year, and also created a stir with a photo showing her wearing a hijab — an open nod to her Muslim faith. She scored her first international goal against the U.S. team earlier this year — on a spectacular shot — so, no more sensational highlights if Trump has his way.

Pop star Yuna Zarai


The 29-year-old singer from Malaysia rose to prominence after appearing on an American Idol-like singing show. Since then, she’s had some success breaking into U.S. music charts and her song “Live Your Life” was produced by Pharrell Williams. Further collaborations with American music heavyweights and concert tours through the U.S. would certainly be complicated by Trump’s plan.


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