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This 23-Year-Old Hijab-Wearing Girl Is Stealing All The Headlines. Tap To Find Out How

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A girl who hails from an unheard village in Kerala, known as Orkatteri in Kozhikode district is stealing all the headlines lately. The 23-year-old Majiziya Bhanu has become the first Hijab-wearing women who won the Mr.Kerala title in the women’s category.

“It is only after their names are announced that one realizes that the contestant is a Muslim,” she said. “I feel proud to wear the hijab, which is a part of my identity. It does not limit me in any way but gives me dignity and strength.”

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While continuing her studies as a BDS student from “Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences”, the 23-year-old bodybuilder used to travel to a gymnasium in Kozhikode to follow her passion for Bodybuilding, as her village was devoid of such facilities,

“I used to return around 9 pm. Initially, it was tough, but I slowly gained the confidence to travel alone and, eventually, it became a part of my routine,” said the final year dental student

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The 23- year old Majiziya’s believes that nothing is impossible if you have a burning desire for something. While, initially, it was perhaps tough for her to perform the sets in the Gym in a Hijab, but, soon things started falling in place and Ms. Bhanu went on to become the first bodybuilder who wears a Hijab to achieve the feat.

Hailing from a very orthodox village, Majiziya’s parents always supported her throughout her journey to bag Mr. Kerala title.
“I hail from a very orthodox village here and my parents agreed to let me pursue my passion of bodybuilding.”

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Perhaps, the bodybuilder has been selected thrice as the strongest women of Kerala by State Powerlifting Association of Kerala.

“In the initial days, men used to stare at me as I had my Hijab on. But soon they realized that I was as serious as them in my workouts. Then all the eyes disappeared,” Ms. Bhanu told IANS.

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Currently, along with pursuing her final year in college, Majiziya is preparing hard for World Arm Wrestling Championship which is going to be held in next month. The power-lifter aspires to open a multi-disciplinary academy which includes different sports activities such as martial arts, powerlifting, arm-wrestling and bodybuilding.

“Once I finish my studies, then I will pursue my dream of setting up an academy which will be a multi-disciplinary one, including martial arts, powerlifting, arm-wrestling and bodybuilding. It would give special importance to girls. I am sure I will be able to pursue my passion and wish to empower women,” she added with confidence.

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