Watch: Here's How American Muslim Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Made Olympic History Today

Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing

Watch: Here's How American Muslim Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Made Olympic History Today

She also has an impressive resume outside of her sport.

Published August 8, 2016

History made on the grandest sports stage of them all.

On Monday, American Muslim fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first U.S. athlete to wear a hijab during the Olympics.

With chants of "USA, USA" showering her in Rio de Janeiro, Muhammad defeated Ukraine's Olena Kravatska, 15-13, before falling to France's Cecilia Berder, 15-12.

Despite the loss, the New Jersey native was excited to use the Olympics' world stage as a platform to possibly change misconceptions that people might have about Muslim-Americans.

"I feel like this is a great opportunity and a great moment for Team USA to even be more diverse than we have in the past, and I'm just looking forward to representing myself, my community and also my country," Muhammad told NBC Bay Area on Monday.

If you missed Muhammad in action Monday, you can still catch her competing in the women's team sabre this Saturday, August 13.

She also expanded her reach recently, showing off her fencing skills on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Outside of fencing, Muhammad's resume is equally impressive, as she touts her very own clothing line, Louella.

"There was a void in the Muslim community for modest clothing — we're always buying things from overseas — and to have it made available, and not just have modest clothing, but have it be affordable and fashionable," Muhammad told the Daily Beast. "You can find modest clothes in the States, but they're not always cute."

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Written by BET Staff

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