Everything You Need to Know About History-Making Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Rio-bound Ibtihaj Muhammad is weeks away from making history — she will be the first U.S athlete to compete wearing a hijab.

Muhammad is an African-American woman and is also one of the best fencers in the world. At 30 years old, She is now second in USA Fencing's national team point standings.

Growing up in New Jersey, playing the usual everyday sports was difficult for Muhammad. Not because of the physical or competitive level, but because of the lack of versatility of the sports uniforms. Muhammad mentioned in a interview with NBC, fencing was the only sport that was able to fit into her lifestyle and religion.

Only after graduating from Duke University did she decide to pursue fencing full-time. With being one of the few minority women in the sport of fencing, there were numerous obstacles to overcome. "I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals — not race, religion, or gender," Muhammad expressed to TeamUSA.org.


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Not only is Muhammad breaking barriers in the sports world, but she is crushing the fashion world. She has her own clothing line called Louella by Ibitihaj Muhammad, which is catered to women of Muslim faith.

She mentioned what is most important to her was being able to create a line that is modest, fashionable, but above all, reasonably priced. Take a look below at some of Louella’s chic pieces:


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Be sure to mark your calendars and look out for Muhammad and Team USA Fencing during the Olympics beginning August 3, 2016.

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