Sometimes, the best solution to a problem is the most simple and direct one.
Rahaf Khatib, a recreational runner from Farmington Hills, Mich., felt that Muslim women who wear hijab were being underrepresented in women’s magazines. So she reached out to Women’s Running magazine and eventually found herself on its cover.
“She emailed us citing a lack of Muslim hijabi women represented in women’s magazines and challenged us to change that,” editor-in-chief Jessie Sebor told Buzzfeed Health. “We couldn’t help but hear her.”
Khatib is featured on the October 2016 issue of Women’s Running with the nickname “Hijabi Runner” and next to the headline, “#LikeAGirl 20 Incredible Stories of Women Who Are Changing the Game.”
Khatib, 32, was born in Syria and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s. She has run marathons all over the world, from France to Germany, and has finished five of them.
“I feel like I need to represent the underrepresented,” Khatib told Buzzfeed Health. “We should all be accepted no matter your identity, no matter your race, no matter your sexuality, and no matter your religion. We’re all crossing the same finish line, literally and figuratively.”