Amaiya Zafar, 16, practices boxing every night in a St. Paul, Minnesota, gym. She aspires to compete in the 2020 Olympics. A devout Muslim, Zafar announced at six that she wanted to wear a hijab, but she is not allowed to compete in one.
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Amaiya Zafar, 16, practices boxing every night in a St. Paul, Minnesota, gym. She aspires to compete in the 2020 Olympics. A devout Muslim, Zafar announced at six that she wanted to wear a hijab, but she is not allowed to compete in one. She has spoken with local officials, USA Boxing, and the International Boxing Association to obtain a waiver so she can wear her hijab and clothing under her jersey. In the meantime she still trains every night as if she will compete.
Her story is part of the National Geographic article titled "Changing Girlhood," which focuses on girls growing up in America and the messages they receive from various forms of media as they transition into young women.
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