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Canada Appoints Their Very First Hijab-Wearing News Anchor

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BY: NISHA THOMAS

Ginella Massa wasn’t always certain as to whether she’d wanted to be in front of the camera or not.

“I had never seen anyone who looked like me on TV, so that sometimes makes you feel like it’s not possible. I had said some time ago, ‘Maybe I’ll go into radio because then it doesn’t matter what I look like,’” the 29-year-old said with a laugh.

However, pushed by her mother’s support, Massa says that she’d went for it, becoming the very first Muslim woman to ever where a headscarf while reporting the news on camera in Kitchener, Ontario, just last year (2015).

Taking things a step further, just last week, she’d also added another important first to her resume’, becoming the first woman in a hijab to anchor a Canadian television newscast.

“As much as I knew that it was a milestone, I almost wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming response,” Massa told Middle East Eye in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

She was able to fill in as the anchor of the 11pm newscast on City News, which is a local television service in Toronto, an area that just so happens to be Canada’s largest reigning city, on November 17th.

After posting images of herself via Twitter, along with the caption: “That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada,” the reaction was almost immediate and extremely overwhelming.

Massa said, “from Muslims who feel like this tells them that they belong in this society when they see someone that looks like me reading their nightly news [and] from non-Muslims who say, it’s about time that our newscasts look like our community.”

Toronto is labeled as one of the most diverse cities in the world. With a whopping 1.3 million people.

We are overwhelmingly excited for Massa.

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