Showing posts with label Ibtihaj Muhammad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ibtihaj Muhammad. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Olympic hero Ibtihaj Muhammad now has a Barbie doll

Mattel , which makes Barbie, announced Monday that the latest doll in its "Shero" collection will be modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. In 2016, Muhammad became the first American to compete in the games while wearing a hijab.

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true," Muhammad said in a tweet. The news was announced at Glamour's Women of the Year summit. The doll will go on sale in 2018.

"Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything," Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice president of global marketing, said in a statement.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was detained by U.S. Customs

Olympic bronze medalist and New Jersey native Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made headlines during the summer games in Rio for being the first Olympian to compete for the U.S. while wearing a hijab, says she was recently detained by U.S. Customs officials, according to a report.
In an interview at the MAKERS Conference in California, Muhammad told she was held for about two hours without an explanation. Muhammad told the blog she was "disheartened" by the experience.
"I can't tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I'm Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn't change how you look and how people perceive you," she told
She did not elaborate on exactly where or when she was detained.

Read more: Olympian from N.J. says she was detained by U.S. Customs

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ibtihaj Muhammad and team win bronze medal

Earlier this week Ibtihaj Muhammad became known for making history as the first American woman to wear a hijab during Olympic competition. Now she along with her her fencing team have a medal to show that they belonged with the world's best.

Maplewood NJ native Ibtihaj Muhammad failed in her attempt at an individual medal at the Rio Olympics she didn't give up. Along with her teammates Dagmara Wozniak, Monica Aksamit, and Mariel Zagunis Team USA defeated Italy 45-30 in the bronze medal bout of the team sabre event.

"This has been a long journey for us," Muhammad said. This is six years in the making. We've worked so hard for this, and to be able to compete at the level that we've worked towards, on the world's biggest stage at the Olympic Games, is truly a blessing for us."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad: USA Fencing Team

I was talking to my daughter while we were getting something to eat and the store owner had up a picture of Ibtihaj Muhammad, a local and successful fencer from Maplewood NJ who is on the US National Team headed to the Rio Olympics. I asked my daughter if she knew who it was and she guessed that it might be one of Muhammad Ali's children. My wife and I laughed and then explained to her who it was. My daughter wondered how was she supposed to know who she was if nobody told her. I thought about that and decided she's quite right, so everybody meet Ibtihaj Muhammad.

HOMETOWN: Maplewood, N.J.


A five-time Senior World team medalist and 2014 Senior World Team Champion, Muhammad will make history in Rio as the first U.S. woman compete in the Olympic Game in hijab. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the world during the 2015-16 season, Muhammad has won both individual and team medals on the World Cup circuit.

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