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Gilbert & George present 'Beard Pictures' and 'Fuckosophy'

This year Gilbert & George, the art world’s best known and longest running double act, celebrate half a century of living and working together as “Living Sculptures”. To mark the anniversary, the besuited pair are putting on a show at White Cube Bermondsey; there are also seven other new G&G exhibitions taking place in New York, Paris, Brussels, Naples and – in January – Athens. Each exhibition presents a different version of ‘The Beard Pictures,’ a new series of their trademark multi-panelled ‘photopieces’ which feature the normally clean-shaven artists as extravagantly bearded red-faced homunculi, inhabiting a bleak fenced-in world of barbed wire and concrete. Gilbert & George, 'Mint Beards', 2015.  Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George Often the mask-like beards and moustaches are made from leaves or barbed wire, as well as a bizarre range of other materials, including beer froth and even rabbits with forked tongues. On occasions, these appendages assume a life of their own, forming exuberant shapes and covering not only the duo’s lower faces but their entire bodies. “We see it as an exploration of our modern times,” says George. “You switch on the news and you see barbed wire and bearded people.”   “Now we are seeing the whole world through a beard,” continues Gilbert. “Good beards and bad beards, religious beards and non-religious beards. If you are Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, you are not allowed to cut the beard, and that interests us because they are all fencing each other off.” “The most famous beard in the world? Jesus!” exclaims George, in his plummy vicar’s voice, adding that, “we have also have a Fuck off Hipsters Beard Picture.” Gilbert & George, 'Beard Toast', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George We are sitting in their studio, a former factory which links the two Huguenot houses in Fournier Street in Spitalfields, east London where they have lived since the late 1960s. Between cups of instant coffee I’m given a sneak preview of The Fuckosophy, an epic text work which G&G are also exclusively unveiling at White Cube.   This consists of neat rows of more than 5,000 statements, slogans and mottos incorporating different uses and versions of the F-word which they describe as “the real thing that’s inside everybody’s heads”. “We all know what philosophy is, we might even have a book or two, but this you can understand,” declares George. Now they are working on The Godology which uses the word ‘God’ in a similar way. “The God News, God goes away, please stand for God; God Stinks, God licked me, God’s a sissy,” intones George, reading from a list pulled from his top pocket. “Ban religion is our motto!” pipes up Gilbert. From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium While they claim that they “never set out to shock”, to call Gilbert & George provocateurs would be something of an understatement. Their first fully collaborative artwork in 1969 featured the smiling young artists, who had met in the sculpture department of  St Martin’s school of art two years before, with paper letters spelling out ‘George the Cunt’ and ‘Gilbert the Shit’ pinned to their fronts. Since, from photopieces such as ‘Paki’ (1978) where they stand on either side of a young Asian man; through a multitude of works with titles like ‘Sperm Eaters, Friendship Pissing’ and ‘Holy Cock’ to the anus-baring and monumental cruciform turds of their ‘Naked Shit Pictures’, their work has played with and off taboos of fine art and society in general. Conventionally clad exhibitionists, globalist supporters of Brexit, Royalty-loving traditionalists who reject religion: over the past half-century they have become even more adept at presenting a constantly moving target. Despite the fact that they are the only living artists to have filled an entire floor of Tate Modern for their major retrospective in 2007, Gilbert and George dismiss the gallery as “a sausage machine”. They especially bemoan the fact that although their work is in Tate’s collection, it is not on permanent display. Gilbert & George, 'Bearding Along', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George “When we were students the Tate always had at least one work of every living artist on show. But they’ve stopped doing that now,” says George. “If somebody arrives from Venezuela this morning and wants to see a work of ours, there won’t be one at the Tate.” To rectify this situation they are in the process of converting an 18th century former brewery a few streets away from their house and studio into a foundation, funded by them and devoted to their work. Gilbert’s architect nephew is in charge of the conversion and it should open within the next two years. “We have trustees and it is a registered charity. It will be G&G forever, like we all want of course!”        Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Fuckosophy are at White Cube Bermondsey from 22 November – 28 January; whitecube.com The most expensive pieces of art ever sold

Gilbert & George present 'Beard Pictures' and 'Fuckosophy'

This year Gilbert & George, the art world’s best known and longest running double act, celebrate half a century of living and working together as “Living Sculptures”. To mark the anniversary, the besuited pair are putting on a show at White Cube Bermondsey; there are also seven other new G&G exhibitions taking place in New York, Paris, Brussels, Naples and – in January – Athens. Each exhibition presents a different version of ‘The Beard Pictures,’ a new series of their trademark multi-panelled ‘photopieces’ which feature the normally clean-shaven artists as extravagantly bearded red-faced homunculi, inhabiting a bleak fenced-in world of barbed wire and concrete. Gilbert & George, 'Mint Beards', 2015.  Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George Often the mask-like beards and moustaches are made from leaves or barbed wire, as well as a bizarre range of other materials, including beer froth and even rabbits with forked tongues. On occasions, these appendages assume a life of their own, forming exuberant shapes and covering not only the duo’s lower faces but their entire bodies. “We see it as an exploration of our modern times,” says George. “You switch on the news and you see barbed wire and bearded people.”   “Now we are seeing the whole world through a beard,” continues Gilbert. “Good beards and bad beards, religious beards and non-religious beards. If you are Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, you are not allowed to cut the beard, and that interests us because they are all fencing each other off.” “The most famous beard in the world? Jesus!” exclaims George, in his plummy vicar’s voice, adding that, “we have also have a Fuck off Hipsters Beard Picture.” Gilbert & George, 'Beard Toast', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George We are sitting in their studio, a former factory which links the two Huguenot houses in Fournier Street in Spitalfields, east London where they have lived since the late 1960s. Between cups of instant coffee I’m given a sneak preview of The Fuckosophy, an epic text work which G&G are also exclusively unveiling at White Cube.   This consists of neat rows of more than 5,000 statements, slogans and mottos incorporating different uses and versions of the F-word which they describe as “the real thing that’s inside everybody’s heads”. “We all know what philosophy is, we might even have a book or two, but this you can understand,” declares George. Now they are working on The Godology which uses the word ‘God’ in a similar way. “The God News, God goes away, please stand for God; God Stinks, God licked me, God’s a sissy,” intones George, reading from a list pulled from his top pocket. “Ban religion is our motto!” pipes up Gilbert. From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium While they claim that they “never set out to shock”, to call Gilbert & George provocateurs would be something of an understatement. Their first fully collaborative artwork in 1969 featured the smiling young artists, who had met in the sculpture department of  St Martin’s school of art two years before, with paper letters spelling out ‘George the Cunt’ and ‘Gilbert the Shit’ pinned to their fronts. Since, from photopieces such as ‘Paki’ (1978) where they stand on either side of a young Asian man; through a multitude of works with titles like ‘Sperm Eaters, Friendship Pissing’ and ‘Holy Cock’ to the anus-baring and monumental cruciform turds of their ‘Naked Shit Pictures’, their work has played with and off taboos of fine art and society in general. Conventionally clad exhibitionists, globalist supporters of Brexit, Royalty-loving traditionalists who reject religion: over the past half-century they have become even more adept at presenting a constantly moving target. Despite the fact that they are the only living artists to have filled an entire floor of Tate Modern for their major retrospective in 2007, Gilbert and George dismiss the gallery as “a sausage machine”. They especially bemoan the fact that although their work is in Tate’s collection, it is not on permanent display. Gilbert & George, 'Bearding Along', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George “When we were students the Tate always had at least one work of every living artist on show. But they’ve stopped doing that now,” says George. “If somebody arrives from Venezuela this morning and wants to see a work of ours, there won’t be one at the Tate.” To rectify this situation they are in the process of converting an 18th century former brewery a few streets away from their house and studio into a foundation, funded by them and devoted to their work. Gilbert’s architect nephew is in charge of the conversion and it should open within the next two years. “We have trustees and it is a registered charity. It will be G&G forever, like we all want of course!”        Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Fuckosophy are at White Cube Bermondsey from 22 November – 28 January; whitecube.com The most expensive pieces of art ever sold

Gilbert & George present 'Beard Pictures' and 'Fuckosophy'

This year Gilbert & George, the art world’s best known and longest running double act, celebrate half a century of living and working together as “Living Sculptures”. To mark the anniversary, the besuited pair are putting on a show at White Cube Bermondsey; there are also seven other new G&G exhibitions taking place in New York, Paris, Brussels, Naples and – in January – Athens. Each exhibition presents a different version of ‘The Beard Pictures,’ a new series of their trademark multi-panelled ‘photopieces’ which feature the normally clean-shaven artists as extravagantly bearded red-faced homunculi, inhabiting a bleak fenced-in world of barbed wire and concrete. Gilbert & George, 'Mint Beards', 2015.  Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George Often the mask-like beards and moustaches are made from leaves or barbed wire, as well as a bizarre range of other materials, including beer froth and even rabbits with forked tongues. On occasions, these appendages assume a life of their own, forming exuberant shapes and covering not only the duo’s lower faces but their entire bodies. “We see it as an exploration of our modern times,” says George. “You switch on the news and you see barbed wire and bearded people.”   “Now we are seeing the whole world through a beard,” continues Gilbert. “Good beards and bad beards, religious beards and non-religious beards. If you are Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, you are not allowed to cut the beard, and that interests us because they are all fencing each other off.” “The most famous beard in the world? Jesus!” exclaims George, in his plummy vicar’s voice, adding that, “we have also have a Fuck off Hipsters Beard Picture.” Gilbert & George, 'Beard Toast', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George We are sitting in their studio, a former factory which links the two Huguenot houses in Fournier Street in Spitalfields, east London where they have lived since the late 1960s. Between cups of instant coffee I’m given a sneak preview of The Fuckosophy, an epic text work which G&G are also exclusively unveiling at White Cube.   This consists of neat rows of more than 5,000 statements, slogans and mottos incorporating different uses and versions of the F-word which they describe as “the real thing that’s inside everybody’s heads”. “We all know what philosophy is, we might even have a book or two, but this you can understand,” declares George. Now they are working on The Godology which uses the word ‘God’ in a similar way. “The God News, God goes away, please stand for God; God Stinks, God licked me, God’s a sissy,” intones George, reading from a list pulled from his top pocket. “Ban religion is our motto!” pipes up Gilbert. From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium While they claim that they “never set out to shock”, to call Gilbert & George provocateurs would be something of an understatement. Their first fully collaborative artwork in 1969 featured the smiling young artists, who had met in the sculpture department of  St Martin’s school of art two years before, with paper letters spelling out ‘George the Cunt’ and ‘Gilbert the Shit’ pinned to their fronts. Since, from photopieces such as ‘Paki’ (1978) where they stand on either side of a young Asian man; through a multitude of works with titles like ‘Sperm Eaters, Friendship Pissing’ and ‘Holy Cock’ to the anus-baring and monumental cruciform turds of their ‘Naked Shit Pictures’, their work has played with and off taboos of fine art and society in general. Conventionally clad exhibitionists, globalist supporters of Brexit, Royalty-loving traditionalists who reject religion: over the past half-century they have become even more adept at presenting a constantly moving target. Despite the fact that they are the only living artists to have filled an entire floor of Tate Modern for their major retrospective in 2007, Gilbert and George dismiss the gallery as “a sausage machine”. They especially bemoan the fact that although their work is in Tate’s collection, it is not on permanent display. Gilbert & George, 'Bearding Along', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George “When we were students the Tate always had at least one work of every living artist on show. But they’ve stopped doing that now,” says George. “If somebody arrives from Venezuela this morning and wants to see a work of ours, there won’t be one at the Tate.” To rectify this situation they are in the process of converting an 18th century former brewery a few streets away from their house and studio into a foundation, funded by them and devoted to their work. Gilbert’s architect nephew is in charge of the conversion and it should open within the next two years. “We have trustees and it is a registered charity. It will be G&G forever, like we all want of course!”        Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Fuckosophy are at White Cube Bermondsey from 22 November – 28 January; whitecube.com The most expensive pieces of art ever sold

Gilbert & George present 'Beard Pictures' and 'Fuckosophy'

This year Gilbert & George, the art world’s best known and longest running double act, celebrate half a century of living and working together as “Living Sculptures”. To mark the anniversary, the besuited pair are putting on a show at White Cube Bermondsey; there are also seven other new G&G exhibitions taking place in New York, Paris, Brussels, Naples and – in January – Athens. Each exhibition presents a different version of ‘The Beard Pictures,’ a new series of their trademark multi-panelled ‘photopieces’ which feature the normally clean-shaven artists as extravagantly bearded red-faced homunculi, inhabiting a bleak fenced-in world of barbed wire and concrete. Gilbert & George, 'Mint Beards', 2015.  Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George Often the mask-like beards and moustaches are made from leaves or barbed wire, as well as a bizarre range of other materials, including beer froth and even rabbits with forked tongues. On occasions, these appendages assume a life of their own, forming exuberant shapes and covering not only the duo’s lower faces but their entire bodies. “We see it as an exploration of our modern times,” says George. “You switch on the news and you see barbed wire and bearded people.”   “Now we are seeing the whole world through a beard,” continues Gilbert. “Good beards and bad beards, religious beards and non-religious beards. If you are Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, you are not allowed to cut the beard, and that interests us because they are all fencing each other off.” “The most famous beard in the world? Jesus!” exclaims George, in his plummy vicar’s voice, adding that, “we have also have a Fuck off Hipsters Beard Picture.” Gilbert & George, 'Beard Toast', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George We are sitting in their studio, a former factory which links the two Huguenot houses in Fournier Street in Spitalfields, east London where they have lived since the late 1960s. Between cups of instant coffee I’m given a sneak preview of The Fuckosophy, an epic text work which G&G are also exclusively unveiling at White Cube.   This consists of neat rows of more than 5,000 statements, slogans and mottos incorporating different uses and versions of the F-word which they describe as “the real thing that’s inside everybody’s heads”. “We all know what philosophy is, we might even have a book or two, but this you can understand,” declares George. Now they are working on The Godology which uses the word ‘God’ in a similar way. “The God News, God goes away, please stand for God; God Stinks, God licked me, God’s a sissy,” intones George, reading from a list pulled from his top pocket. “Ban religion is our motto!” pipes up Gilbert. From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium While they claim that they “never set out to shock”, to call Gilbert & George provocateurs would be something of an understatement. Their first fully collaborative artwork in 1969 featured the smiling young artists, who had met in the sculpture department of  St Martin’s school of art two years before, with paper letters spelling out ‘George the Cunt’ and ‘Gilbert the Shit’ pinned to their fronts. Since, from photopieces such as ‘Paki’ (1978) where they stand on either side of a young Asian man; through a multitude of works with titles like ‘Sperm Eaters, Friendship Pissing’ and ‘Holy Cock’ to the anus-baring and monumental cruciform turds of their ‘Naked Shit Pictures’, their work has played with and off taboos of fine art and society in general. Conventionally clad exhibitionists, globalist supporters of Brexit, Royalty-loving traditionalists who reject religion: over the past half-century they have become even more adept at presenting a constantly moving target. Despite the fact that they are the only living artists to have filled an entire floor of Tate Modern for their major retrospective in 2007, Gilbert and George dismiss the gallery as “a sausage machine”. They especially bemoan the fact that although their work is in Tate’s collection, it is not on permanent display. Gilbert & George, 'Bearding Along', 2016 Credit: Image courtesy of White Cube/© Gilbert & George “When we were students the Tate always had at least one work of every living artist on show. But they’ve stopped doing that now,” says George. “If somebody arrives from Venezuela this morning and wants to see a work of ours, there won’t be one at the Tate.” To rectify this situation they are in the process of converting an 18th century former brewery a few streets away from their house and studio into a foundation, funded by them and devoted to their work. Gilbert’s architect nephew is in charge of the conversion and it should open within the next two years. “We have trustees and it is a registered charity. It will be G&G forever, like we all want of course!”        Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Fuckosophy are at White Cube Bermondsey from 22 November – 28 January; whitecube.com The most expensive pieces of art ever sold

Durand an 'unacceptable line' say Afghans

A conference titled 'Unrecognized Durand Line' was organised in capital Kabul where prominent voices from across the Afghan society denounced the statement of British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Peter Kay in which he had termed Durand line as the formal border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.Conference urged Afghan government to take its concrete steps to prevent Pakistan from fencing the Durand line or installing any new checkpoints across the line.Meanwhile, a protest rally was also held in Sharana, Paktika against the Durand Line and the statements made by British Ambassador in Kabul. A large number of Paktika residents rushed to the city of Sharana holding national flags calling for the Government to stop Pakistan armies from entering FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) and fencing the Durand Line.

Durand an 'unacceptable line' say Afghans

A conference titled 'Unrecognized Durand Line' was organised in capital Kabul where prominent voices from across the Afghan society denounced the statement of British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Peter Kay in which he had termed Durand line as the formal border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.Conference urged Afghan government to take its concrete steps to prevent Pakistan from fencing the Durand line or installing any new checkpoints across the line.Meanwhile, a protest rally was also held in Sharana, Paktika against the Durand Line and the statements made by British Ambassador in Kabul. A large number of Paktika residents rushed to the city of Sharana holding national flags calling for the Government to stop Pakistan armies from entering FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) and fencing the Durand Line.

Durand an 'unacceptable line' say Afghans

A conference titled 'Unrecognized Durand Line' was organised in capital Kabul where prominent voices from across the Afghan society denounced the statement of British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Peter Kay in which he had termed Durand line as the formal border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.Conference urged Afghan government to take its concrete steps to prevent Pakistan from fencing the Durand line or installing any new checkpoints across the line.Meanwhile, a protest rally was also held in Sharana, Paktika against the Durand Line and the statements made by British Ambassador in Kabul. A large number of Paktika residents rushed to the city of Sharana holding national flags calling for the Government to stop Pakistan armies from entering FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) and fencing the Durand Line.

Durand an 'unacceptable line' say Afghans

A conference titled 'Unrecognized Durand Line' was organised in capital Kabul where prominent voices from across the Afghan society denounced the statement of British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Peter Kay in which he had termed Durand line as the formal border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.Conference urged Afghan government to take its concrete steps to prevent Pakistan from fencing the Durand line or installing any new checkpoints across the line.Meanwhile, a protest rally was also held in Sharana, Paktika against the Durand Line and the statements made by British Ambassador in Kabul. A large number of Paktika residents rushed to the city of Sharana holding national flags calling for the Government to stop Pakistan armies from entering FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) and fencing the Durand Line.

Florida Sheriff's Officer Wrangles Cows Twice During 'Tweet Along'

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office corporal answered not one but two missing cow calls while he was on a “tweet along” on Wednesday, November 15.

In the first call, Cpl. Hayhurst, who is with the Agricultural Unit, arrived after the rancher wrangled the cow, but the rancher allowed him to herd the cows to breakfast. The video shows the cows trailing behind Hayhurst’s vehicle. A second video shows the officer pouring food into the trough as the cows wait for breakfast.

In the second call, Hayhurst joined a deputy who needed help getting the cow back inside the fencing. A video shows the officers attempting to herd the cows.

The “tweet along” encompasses a member of the office’s staff riding along with an officer and providing live updates on Twitter. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office regularly holds “tweet alongs.” Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Florida Sheriff's Officer Wrangles Cows Twice During 'Tweet Along'

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office corporal answered not one but two missing cow calls while he was on a “tweet along” on Wednesday, November 15.

In the first call, Cpl. Hayhurst, who is with the Agricultural Unit, arrived after the rancher wrangled the cow, but the rancher allowed him to herd the cows to breakfast. The video shows the cows trailing behind Hayhurst’s vehicle. A second video shows the officer pouring food into the trough as the cows wait for breakfast.

In the second call, Hayhurst joined a deputy who needed help getting the cow back inside the fencing. A video shows the officers attempting to herd the cows.

The “tweet along” encompasses a member of the office’s staff riding along with an officer and providing live updates on Twitter. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office regularly holds “tweet alongs.” Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Florida Sheriff's Officer Wrangles Cows Twice During 'Tweet Along'

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office corporal answered not one but two missing cow calls while he was on a “tweet along” on Wednesday, November 15.

In the first call, Cpl. Hayhurst, who is with the Agricultural Unit, arrived after the rancher wrangled the cow, but the rancher allowed him to herd the cows to breakfast. The video shows the cows trailing behind Hayhurst’s vehicle. A second video shows the officer pouring food into the trough as the cows wait for breakfast.

In the second call, Hayhurst joined a deputy who needed help getting the cow back inside the fencing. A video shows the officers attempting to herd the cows.

The “tweet along” encompasses a member of the office’s staff riding along with an officer and providing live updates on Twitter. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office regularly holds “tweet alongs.” Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Florida Sheriff's Officer Wrangles Cows Twice During 'Tweet Along'

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office corporal answered not one but two missing cow calls while he was on a “tweet along” on Wednesday, November 15.

In the first call, Cpl. Hayhurst, who is with the Agricultural Unit, arrived after the rancher wrangled the cow, but the rancher allowed him to herd the cows to breakfast. The video shows the cows trailing behind Hayhurst’s vehicle. A second video shows the officer pouring food into the trough as the cows wait for breakfast.

In the second call, Hayhurst joined a deputy who needed help getting the cow back inside the fencing. A video shows the officers attempting to herd the cows.

The “tweet along” encompasses a member of the office’s staff riding along with an officer and providing live updates on Twitter. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office regularly holds “tweet alongs.” Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

The doll, part of the toymaker's "Sheroes" collection, is dressed in fencing gear as well as the hijab.

First hijab-wearing Barbie to honor US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

The doll, part of the toymaker's "Sheroes" collection, is dressed in fencing gear as well as the hijab

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and now she's breaking barriers again as the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. 

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie. 

Muhammad tweeted that it was a "childhood dream come true" to have a Barbie made in her image. 

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017

Muhammad got to tour the Mattel factory to see how her Barbie doll is made. 

She said she was never able to find dolls that looked like her when she was growing up. 

"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere," Muhammad explained to Glamour

LOVE this! @Barbie's first doll with a hijab is modeled after @IbtihajMuhammad. Representation matters. Black. Muslim. Magic. pic.twitter.com/W6ATi9xqTZ

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 13, 2017

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

Image: MATTEL

It hasn't been easy for Muhammad to get to where she is today. She told Glamour that some people in the fencing world made her feel like she didn't belong. The accomplished athlete even had a hard time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she remove her hijab for her ID photo. 

Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad's differences with its new doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller explained in the company's press release. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."

As a Barbie "Shero," Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, among many other accomplished women, who have all been honored with Barbie dolls of their own. 

The doll will go on sale to the public in 2018. 

Barbie Wears a Hijab for the First Time as Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

The fencing champion is making history once more.

Barbie Wears a Hijab for the First Time as Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

The fencing champion is making history once more.

Manus Island Refugees 'Repair' Fence With Fabric, Say About 422 Remaining in Centre

Refugees inside the abandoned Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea built makeshift fabric fences on November 11 after PNG authorities reportedly dismantled large sections of the compound the day before.

The men say they built the fabric fencing in this video after PNG authorities tore down the fence line and dismantled shelters and water tanks on Friday. The men also did their own headcount, with refugee Behrouz Boochani telling Storyful there were about 422 men remaining in the centre as of November 11. They were chanting the number in this video because they saw reports saying there was less than 400 remaining. Other refugees Storyful spoke to said a number of men moved into the new accommodation in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Haus.

When the centre officially closed on October 31, there were about 600 men.

The crisis also escalated tensions and controversy in Australia. On Friday, the former Prime Minister’s sister Christine Forster was assaulted outside a fundraiser in Sydney by protesters; the Department of Immigration alleged the refugees on the island lured underage girls with drugs, according a report from The Weekend Australian; and the New Zealand Prime Minister slammed the Australian government for their handling of the crisis, while pushing them to accept their offer to accept 150 refugees. Credit: Manus Alert via Storyful

Manus Island Refugees 'Repair' Fence With Fabric, Say About 422 Remaining in Centre

Refugees inside the abandoned Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea built makeshift fabric fences on November 11 after PNG authorities reportedly dismantled large sections of the compound the day before.

The men say they built the fabric fencing in this video after PNG authorities tore down the fence line and dismantled shelters and water tanks on Friday. The men also did their own headcount, with refugee Behrouz Boochani telling Storyful there were about 422 men remaining in the centre as of November 11. They were chanting the number in this video because they saw reports saying there was less than 400 remaining. Other refugees Storyful spoke to said a number of men moved into the new accommodation in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Haus.

When the centre officially closed on October 31, there were about 600 men.

The crisis also escalated tensions and controversy in Australia. On Friday, the former Prime Minister’s sister Christine Forster was assaulted outside a fundraiser in Sydney by protesters; the Department of Immigration alleged the refugees on the island lured underage girls with drugs, according a report from The Weekend Australian; and the New Zealand Prime Minister slammed the Australian government for their handling of the crisis, while pushing them to accept their offer to accept 150 refugees. Credit: Manus Alert via Storyful

Manus Island Refugees 'Repair' Fence With Fabric, Say About 422 Remaining in Centre

Refugees inside the abandoned Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea built makeshift fabric fences on November 11 after PNG authorities reportedly dismantled large sections of the compound the day before.

The men say they built the fabric fencing in this video after PNG authorities tore down the fence line and dismantled shelters and water tanks on Friday. The men also did their own headcount, with refugee Behrouz Boochani telling Storyful there were about 422 men remaining in the centre as of November 11. They were chanting the number in this video because they saw reports saying there was less than 400 remaining. Other refugees Storyful spoke to said a number of men moved into the new accommodation in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Haus.

When the centre officially closed on October 31, there were about 600 men.

The crisis also escalated tensions and controversy in Australia. On Friday, the former Prime Minister’s sister Christine Forster was assaulted outside a fundraiser in Sydney by protesters; the Department of Immigration alleged the refugees on the island lured underage girls with drugs, according a report from The Weekend Australian; and the New Zealand Prime Minister slammed the Australian government for their handling of the crisis, while pushing them to accept their offer to accept 150 refugees. Credit: Manus Alert via Storyful

Manus Island Refugees 'Repair' Fence With Fabric, Say About 422 Remaining in Centre

Refugees inside the abandoned Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea built makeshift fabric fences on November 11 after PNG authorities reportedly dismantled large sections of the compound the day before.

The men say they built the fabric fencing in this video after PNG authorities tore down the fence line and dismantled shelters and water tanks on Friday. The men also did their own headcount, with refugee Behrouz Boochani telling Storyful there were about 422 men remaining in the centre as of November 11. They were chanting the number in this video because they saw reports saying there was less than 400 remaining. Other refugees Storyful spoke to said a number of men moved into the new accommodation in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Haus.

When the centre officially closed on October 31, there were about 600 men.

The crisis also escalated tensions and controversy in Australia. On Friday, the former Prime Minister’s sister Christine Forster was assaulted outside a fundraiser in Sydney by protesters; the Department of Immigration alleged the refugees on the island lured underage girls with drugs, according a report from The Weekend Australian; and the New Zealand Prime Minister slammed the Australian government for their handling of the crisis, while pushing them to accept their offer to accept 150 refugees. Credit: Manus Alert via Storyful

Stir over French minister's call to sing La Marseillaise 'at all sporting events'

France's sports minister has ignited heated debate by calling for La Marseillaise to be sung at sporting events and young participants to learn its patriotic lyrics. Laura Flessel, a two-time Olympic fencing gold medal-winner, has formally requested that sports federations sing the anthem before all national competitions, regardless of age level. While the anthem has enjoyed somewhat of a revival in recent years, the order has received a deeply ambivalent response from sports officials and on social media; many complain that some lines of La Marseillaise are too bloodthirsty and nationalistic for the modern age. La Marseillaise: how to sing along to the French national anthem 01:08 In particular, the anthem's call to “let impure blood water our furrows", is widely seen as insensitive, even downright racist for immigrants. Ms Flessel, the French standard-bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, said it should be taught to "young competitors so they are able to sing it at their first competitions" and embrace its patriotism. “A young person may never become a champion, but he or she will always be French. It's a chance to be proud of your jersey and your flag,” she said. But Tony Estanguet, future president of the Paris 2024 Olympic organisational committee, said: "I think it will be a bit complicated to organise". Noël Le Graët, the head of the French football league, made it clear he was against Ms Flessel's request to have the anthem sung before matches in Ligue 1, France's Premier League. At present the anthem is only sung before football and rugby internationals and at at the French football cup final. Some commentators pointed out that a large proportion of players in the French Ligue 1 are foreign. La Rochelle's fans holding a French flag attend the European Champions Cup rugby union match between La Rochelle and Ulster on October 22, 2017  Credit: XAVIER LEOTY/AFP Jean-Philippe Acensi, head of the education and sport agency, Apels, which helps disadvantaged youth, said: "I'm in two minds. On the one hand, there is pride in reaching the podium, but on the other it worries me because kids who feel excluded  will take it as provocation." Emmanuel Petit, the former French football international, said: "It's up to schools rather than a sporting movement to teach La Marseillaise to kids." Detractors noted that Ms Flessel, one of the President Emmanuel Macron's most popular ministers, had failed to sing La Marseillaise when she appeared at the quarter-final of the women’s football World Cup in the summer. French Laura Flessel-Colovic preparing to compete against Russian Lubov Shutova in the women's epee individual competition during the 2006 Fencing World Championships in Turin Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP The ministry said that Ms Flessel's letter to federations "fixes an objective". "Now we will work with each federation to establish, according to their constraints and specificities, the best way forward to reach this objective."

Stir over French minister's call to sing La Marseillaise 'at all sporting events'

France's sports minister has ignited heated debate by calling for La Marseillaise to be sung at sporting events and young participants to learn its patriotic lyrics. Laura Flessel, a two-time Olympic fencing gold medal-winner, has formally requested that sports federations sing the anthem before all national competitions, regardless of age level. While the anthem has enjoyed somewhat of a revival in recent years, the order has received a deeply ambivalent response from sports officials and on social media; many complain that some lines of La Marseillaise are too bloodthirsty and nationalistic for the modern age. La Marseillaise: how to sing along to the French national anthem 01:08 In particular, the anthem's call to “let impure blood water our furrows", is widely seen as insensitive, even downright racist for immigrants. Ms Flessel, the French standard-bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, said it should be taught to "young competitors so they are able to sing it at their first competitions" and embrace its patriotism. “A young person may never become a champion, but he or she will always be French. It's a chance to be proud of your jersey and your flag,” she said. But Tony Estanguet, future president of the Paris 2024 Olympic organisational committee, said: "I think it will be a bit complicated to organise". Noël Le Graët, the head of the French football league, made it clear he was against Ms Flessel's request to have the anthem sung before matches in Ligue 1, France's Premier League. At present the anthem is only sung before football and rugby internationals and at at the French football cup final. Some commentators pointed out that a large proportion of players in the French Ligue 1 are foreign. La Rochelle's fans holding a French flag attend the European Champions Cup rugby union match between La Rochelle and Ulster on October 22, 2017  Credit: XAVIER LEOTY/AFP Jean-Philippe Acensi, head of the education and sport agency, Apels, which helps disadvantaged youth, said: "I'm in two minds. On the one hand, there is pride in reaching the podium, but on the other it worries me because kids who feel excluded  will take it as provocation." Emmanuel Petit, the former French football international, said: "It's up to schools rather than a sporting movement to teach La Marseillaise to kids." Detractors noted that Ms Flessel, one of the President Emmanuel Macron's most popular ministers, had failed to sing La Marseillaise when she appeared at the quarter-final of the women’s football World Cup in the summer. French Laura Flessel-Colovic preparing to compete against Russian Lubov Shutova in the women's epee individual competition during the 2006 Fencing World Championships in Turin Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP The ministry said that Ms Flessel's letter to federations "fixes an objective". "Now we will work with each federation to establish, according to their constraints and specificities, the best way forward to reach this objective."

Stir over French minister's call to sing La Marseillaise 'at all sporting events'

France's sports minister has ignited heated debate by calling for La Marseillaise to be sung at sporting events and young participants to learn its patriotic lyrics. Laura Flessel, a two-time Olympic fencing gold medal-winner, has formally requested that sports federations sing the anthem before all national competitions, regardless of age level. While the anthem has enjoyed somewhat of a revival in recent years, the order has received a deeply ambivalent response from sports officials and on social media; many complain that some lines of La Marseillaise are too bloodthirsty and nationalistic for the modern age. La Marseillaise: how to sing along to the French national anthem 01:08 In particular, the anthem's call to “let impure blood water our furrows", is widely seen as insensitive, even downright racist for immigrants. Ms Flessel, the French standard-bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, said it should be taught to "young competitors so they are able to sing it at their first competitions" and embrace its patriotism. “A young person may never become a champion, but he or she will always be French. It's a chance to be proud of your jersey and your flag,” she said. But Tony Estanguet, future president of the Paris 2024 Olympic organisational committee, said: "I think it will be a bit complicated to organise". Noël Le Graët, the head of the French football league, made it clear he was against Ms Flessel's request to have the anthem sung before matches in Ligue 1, France's Premier League. At present the anthem is only sung before football and rugby internationals and at at the French football cup final. Some commentators pointed out that a large proportion of players in the French Ligue 1 are foreign. La Rochelle's fans holding a French flag attend the European Champions Cup rugby union match between La Rochelle and Ulster on October 22, 2017  Credit: XAVIER LEOTY/AFP Jean-Philippe Acensi, head of the education and sport agency, Apels, which helps disadvantaged youth, said: "I'm in two minds. On the one hand, there is pride in reaching the podium, but on the other it worries me because kids who feel excluded  will take it as provocation." Emmanuel Petit, the former French football international, said: "It's up to schools rather than a sporting movement to teach La Marseillaise to kids." Detractors noted that Ms Flessel, one of the President Emmanuel Macron's most popular ministers, had failed to sing La Marseillaise when she appeared at the quarter-final of the women’s football World Cup in the summer. French Laura Flessel-Colovic preparing to compete against Russian Lubov Shutova in the women's epee individual competition during the 2006 Fencing World Championships in Turin Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP The ministry said that Ms Flessel's letter to federations "fixes an objective". "Now we will work with each federation to establish, according to their constraints and specificities, the best way forward to reach this objective."

Keystone College students participate in a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan /The Times & Tribune via AP)

Keystone College students participate in a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan /The Times & Tribune via AP)

Maria Duarte of Meshoppen, Pa., puts on her protective gear before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Oct. 30, 2017,

Maria Duarte of Meshoppen, Pa., puts on her protective gear before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Oct. 30, 2017,

This photo taken Oct. 30, 2017, shows Glori Torres of Rochester, N.Y., fencing club member and assistant coach, taking swords out of a bag Oct. 30, 2017, before practice. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Keystone College student Michael Wentz of Nicholson puts on his mask before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Keystone College student Michael Wentz of Nicholson puts on his mask before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Keystone College student Michael Wentz of Nicholson, left, and Gavin Anderson of Throop, Pa., participate in a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Keystone College student Michael Wentz of Nicholson, left, and Gavin Anderson of Throop, Pa., participate in a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Glori Torres of Rochester, N.Y., takes fencing swords out of a bag before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Glori Torres of Rochester, N.Y., takes fencing swords out of a bag before the start of a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Glori Torres of Rochester, N.Y., demonstrates a fencing technique during a fencing practice at Keystone College on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Fencing: No limbs, no problem for Italy's fencing firebrand

Paralympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans. Struck with meningitis C at 11, Vio's legs and forearms had to be amputated as the disease became necrotic.