Olympic Medalist & Activist
Ibtihaj Muhammad is a Black American Muslim athlete, Olympic medalist, activist, and founder of LOUELLA. In 2016, Ibtihaj broke down barriers by being her authentic self and veiling or observing hijab, during the Rio Olympics. Her unique voice continues to shed light on the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States.
Born December 4, 1985 in Maplewood, New Jersey. Ibtihaj is one of four children born to parents, Denise and Eugene Muhammad. Her father, Eugene is a retired officer and her mother, Denise worked as an elementary school special education educator. Ibtihaj attended Columbia High School later graduating from Duke University with a dual Bachelors in African & American Studies and International Relations.
During her years at Columbia High, Muhammad became one of the most talented fencers on the fencing team. Ibtihaj was the Junior Olympic champion in 2005 and a three-time all-American. In 2010, she became a member of the National Fencing Team and embarked on her journey to the Olympics. In 2016, Ibtihaj shattered barriers by becoming the first American athlete to veil or observe hijab, during the international sporting event. Ibtihaj returned from the Rio Olympics with a Bronze medal and became a role model for people of faith around the world. Her athletic ability is matched by her entrepreneurial spirit. In 2014, Ibtihaj created LOUELLA a clothing line that provides a fresh spin on modesty fashion, bringing it into the modern age. Check out Ibtihaj Muhammad’s fashion line on Instagram by searching the hashtag #LOUELLALOVE.