On Monday afternoon, UFC featherweight Cris Cyborg Justino posted a video on her official Instagram account of herself training in a hijab, the religious headscarf worn by Muslim women.
According to the Invicta FC champion, her decision to wear the headscarf was an attempt to dispel stigmatizing beliefs associated with the hijab, as well as in solidarity with all women around the world.
Cyborg released a short clip and statement explaining her reasons:
One of the reasons I started my @pinkbeltfitnessprogram was because I saw a need to unite women of all religions, ages, and cultures in a way that they could empower each other and motivate one another to achieve more with a support system! I am a believer in Jesus Christ and and a devout Christian, I am wearing the Hijab, a symbol of modesty and protection used by many women around the world, not as a sign of religion but as a symbol of support for all women around the world. The Hijab is not Anti American, or terroristic, sadly those are misconceptions from those who are lacking cultural awareness and understanding. Combat Sports should be an opportunity shared by all! Thank you.