Meet India’s Hijabi Powerlifter, Majiziya Bhanu
Powerlifting is a glamorous sport of showing one’s toned body and strength but an Indian dentist student has been breaking stereotypes by winning championships dressed in full-sleeved black leotard and a hijab secured around her head. Majiziya Bhanu, 23, is the first Indian woman to have been participating in the bodybuilding competitions wearing a hijab. The 23-year-old athlete from Kozhikode in Kerala in southern India recently won the title of the strongest woman in the Mr Kerala Championship organised by the Body Building Association - her first ever participation in such a contest. While many would think hijab is an obstacle in such a sport, Majiziya emphases that she feels confident and secured in her headscarf that she has been wearing since childhood.