Do You Think This Malaysian Gymnast's Leotard Is Inappropriate?

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Farah Ann Abdul
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Another day, another controversy.

It's another day, which means there's yet another unnecessary controversy surrounding women and young girls' bodies. Sadly, this one effects a specific young lady who is talented and was only doing her job.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi is a 21-year-old Malaysian gymnast who won six medals in the Southeast Asia Games. Nothing was really out of the ordinary about her performance, but people are outraged over her leotard.

Yes, her leotard.

According to The Telegraph, a Malaysian Islamic cleric named Harussani Zakaria is body-shaming her for not covering her "aurat," or parts of her body meant to be private.

"Gymnastics is not for Muslim women," Zakaria tells Malaysiakini. "If Muslim women want to participate in gymnastics, they have to find outfits which cover the aurat and this, in turn, might not be suitable for the sport."

Yes, some Muslim women have added more layers onto their outfits like under armour to participate in sports, but each woman should make her own choice, not be made to feel bad about them.

Thankfully, the two-time gold medalists has supporters coming out for her, including Malaysia's minister for young and sports, Khairy Jamaluddin.

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Her supporters have made a Facebook page that has 23,000 likes so far.

Keep on being fabulous, Farah! No woman should be publicly humiliated for doing her job, especially if she's amazing at it.


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