US Olympian the First to Wear Hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad (Instagram)

Because it’s 2016:

You could say it’s been a pretty good week for fencing athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

The 30-year-old New Jersey native was recognized by President Barack Obama during his visit to a Baltimore mosque on Wednesday and asked to stand for a moment of recognition.

Muhammad’s accomplishment? Well, she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio over the weekend and will become what is believed to be the first U.S. woman to compete in a hijab, the headscarf worn by Muslim women. 

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