Feb 3 2016
A girl who hopes to be the world’s first Muslim ballerina has a message of hope, saying, ‘ I can inspire so many other people to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.’
Stephanie Kurlow, age 14, had been dancing since she was a toddler – but stopped when her family converted to Islam in 2010.
The Sydney schoolgirl believed that there was no chance she could ever succeed as a ballerina – because she wore the hijab.
She is now trying to raise money via crowdfunding site LaunchGood – to prove everyone wrong.
She says, ‘’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.’
‘In this day and age there is a lack of facilitation for youth who are disengaged or of a different religion or race.