When women were barred from the ancient Olympic games, they created their own games. And while Muslim women still face athletic barriers, they too are finding a way.
On the left is Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age “fertility goddess,” though we can only speculate about what these figurines originally meant, and to whom. I’m intrigued by the way goddess forms and poses are echoed in modern-day athletes. At right: Modeled on 2012 US Olympic weightlifter Holly Mangold, who competed in the superheavyweight division.
At left: Terracotta figurine found in ancient Greece (Mycenae). Presumed to be a goddess. With typical raised-arm position; wearing a full dress and beads on her head, neck, and dress. The face is hers; I gave it to the generic modern volleyball player, who needed one.