When Women’s Running magazine decided to run a story on 20 women who are ‘changing the game,’ the publication also identified an opportunity to be leaders in their own field. For its October issue, the U.S. fitness magazine became the first to feature a hijabi on its cover.
Rahaf Khatib, founder of Run Like a Hijabi, began running in 2012, going on to compete in countless races, including six marathons and two triathlons. She told Women’s Running that, after noticing a lack of other hijabis on the course, she created her Instagram account, to “defy stereotypes and encourage my Muslim sisters.”
A mother of three from Michigan, her message to other Muslim women who favor wearing the hijab is: “Don’t be afraid of how you’re going to be perceived. That should be the last thing on your mind. Go out there and do your thing.”
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If you haven't heard already…WE have finally made it on a cover of a running magazine!!! 🙈 absolutely elated and thrilled Alhamdulillah (all thanks to God) I've worked so hard to get this dream achieved. @womensrunningmagazine heard, and believed in us. Finally some POSITIVE representation for my community and all my sisters. Love the diversity this magazine stands for. Thank you to all who made this cover and photo shoot possible 🏃🏽♀️#runlikeagirl #runlikeahijabi #coveredrunner #womensrunningcommunity @womensrunningmagazine @time #iamanimmigrant
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