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Meet the world’s first hijab-wearing international skater!

DUBAI: Zahra Lari is an incredible woman who has become world’s first hijab-wearing professional figure-skater to compete internationally.

Representing her country UAE, Zahra 22, debuted as a professional skater back in 2012 when she was only 17.

She performed while adjusting her see-through outfits with opaque ones with a matching headscarf with it.

Due to this sheer  act of dressing-up differently the competition judges subtracted marks.

She soon vowed to change the rules of the Skating Union in a bid to get cultural diversity acknowledged across the board.

Lari is now working to change the International Skating Union rules to openly allow women to wear hijab on the ice.

Emirati junior figure skater Zahra Lari performs during the figure skating European Cup on April 12, 2012 in Canazei, northern Italy. 17-year-old Lari becomes the first Emirati figure skater to compete in an international competition with skaters from 50 countries taking part in the European Cup from April 9 to 13. AFP PHOTO/ANDREA SOLERO

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.