UFC Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino Now Trains In Hijab Even Though She’s Christian

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By Karim Zidan | 12:01 pm, January 3, 2017

Update: Cris Cyborg has since deleted her Instagram post.

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:

Source: Instagram

One of the reasons I started my @pinkbeltfitness program 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 @desertforce Champion ديزرت فورس Yousef Wehbe and @phukettopteam helping me share my techniques! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] Mathew 22:39 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Uma das razões pelas quais eu comecei meu programa @pinkbeltfitness foi porque eu vi uma necessidade de unir mulheres de todas as religiões, idades e culturas de uma maneira que eles pudessem se capacitar e motivar uns aos outros para conseguir mais com um sistema de apoio! Eu sou um crente em Jesus Cristo e, e um cristão devoto, estou usando o Hijab, um símbolo de modéstia e proteção usado por muitas mulheres ao redor do mundo, não como um sinal de religião, mas como um símbolo de apoio para todas as mulheres em torno do mundo. O Hijab não é anti-americano, ou terrorista, infelizmente, esses são equívocos daqueles que estão faltando consciência cultural e compreensão. Combat Sports deve ser uma oportunidade compartilhada por todos! Obrigado @desertforce Campeão ديزرت فورس Yousef Wehbe e @phukettopteam ajudando-me a partilhar as minhas técnicas! 👏‘O segundo mandamento é: ‘‘Tens de amar o teu próximo como a ti mesmo.”’ — MATEUS 22:39.

A video posted by CRISTIANE V JUSTINO 🇧🇷★ (@criscyborg) on

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.

 

This article was written by Karim Zidan from SB Nation and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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