The First Hijabi Woman To Cover A Western Fitness Magazine

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Sep 24 2016 / 05:42 AM

Women's Running just made history

The First Hijabi Woman To Cover A Western Fitness Magazine

It's a season of firsts for the topic, and there's something different about the October issue of Women's Running magazine: For the first time in the history of fitness and health magazines in the West, the cover star is wearing a hijab.

Rahaf Khatib, 32, is a six-time marathoner who has competed in two triathlons and countless half marathons as a hijabi. She's also a mother to three children.

Rahaf lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and began running in 2012 when she grew bored with her gym classes. She signed up for a 10K in pursuit of an even greater challenge.

Instagram / @runlikeahijabi

Ever since that first race, she's fielded lots of questions about her attire, but the biggest one is, "Don't you get hot?" For the record, as she told Women's Running, "If it's hot outside, you're going to be warm regardless!"

Instagram / @runlikeahijabi

Otherwise, she says, the running community has been welcoming — one reason why she's so into getting other Muslim women to run, and so proud of being featured on a magazine cover. "It's something I can show to my kids in the future, my community and most importantly my parents," she told Women's Running. "It means that my sweat, tears and training are worth it."


Via Harper's Bazaar US