Her unique hijab has caught the rugby-mad nation’s attention.
It takes a lot to distract the people of New Zealand from their national sport – but one Muslim rugby fan has managed to do exactly that.
Rehana Ali, who lives in Auckland, was among those supporting the All Blacks, New Zealand’s rugby team, as they played against South Africa over the weekend.
But what set her apart from the rest was her customised hijab, which featured the New Zealand team’s silver fern symbol.
Twitter user Russell Brown shared two photos which showed Ali cheering in the crowd, with the caption: “Noticed this last night and I still can’t tell whether it’s an #AllBlacks hijab or just a beanie and hoodie.”
— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) September 17, 2017
She later responded to the tweet, confirming it was indeed a hijab, which she had made especially for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
I got it made during last world cup rugby got it printed and stitched 🙂 just being a great and loyal supporter of all blacks
— Rehana (@Rehana09513616) September 17, 2017
Her unique hijab has been praised by fellow New Zealand rugby fans on Twitter.
“Love it and she looks stunning,” said one.
Ali told news website stuff.co.nz her message to other Muslims was “don’t be shy to show your identity and wear your religion proudly”.
“We should all respect one another’s religion,” she added.