Ibtihaj Muhammad becomes first U.S. Olympian wearing a hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad, a 30-year-old fencer, made history in Rio de Janeiro as the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab.

Muhammad, who made Time magazine’s 2016 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, was a member of the 2014 world champion fencing team. At Rio, she was eliminated in her second bout in the women’s sabre tournament on August 8.

Growing up in New Jersey, she was often harassed for wearing sweatpants and long-sleeved shirts beneath her volleyball, track, and tennis uniforms.