Egypt’s ‘Iron Lady’ is breaking stereotypes

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Egypt’s “Iron Lady” Kholoud Essam is breaking the stereotypes. She is the country’s first female Muslim body builder.

The 27-year-old pursued her passion in bodybuilding despite opposition from friends and family members, usa.chinadaily reported.

It started with basic bodybuilding for self-defense and a way to stay slim. It quickly grew into something bigger.

Kholoud became a fitness coach within two years and gained popularity among bodybuilding circles.

She was soon invited to participate in a bikini weight-lifting championship but was not eligible to participate after she refused to take off her clothes for the competition.

In the future, Kholod hopes to participate in an international bodybuilding competition.