Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, First American to Compete in Olympics in Hijab

Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, First American to Compete in Olympics in Hijab


America, meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, a fencer from New Jersey who secured a spot on the American Olympic team during an event in Athens, Greece last week.

Muhammad will be heading to Rio, where she will make history by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics in hijab.

While the United States team won’t be formally announced until April 11, Muhammad has secured enough points in the qualifying process to ensure that she will be on the team. Some things to know about Muhammad:

1. THE UNIFORM HELPED HER CHOOSE FENCING

The 30-year-old started fencing in high school. She said the sport’s uniform helped make the decision OK with her family.

From Buzzfeed:

“My parents were looking for a sport for me to play where I wouldn’t have to alter the uniform as a Muslim woman,” she said, referring to the fact that a fencer’s uniform requires the body to be completely covered.

2. SHE HAS A CLOTHING LINE

Muhammad is an owner and the spokeswoman for Louella, a company that makes women’s clothing. “There weren’t things that me or my friends would wear,” she said last year. “We wanted something not that just was modest, we wanted something that was affordable.”

3. SHE WAS A 3-TIME ALL-AMERICAN AT DUKE

Muhammad was a standout at Duke University, where she graduated with degrees in international relations and African-American studies.

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