Now 30, Muhammad is set to be the first U.S. athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab. And while competitors in other sports have had to fight to be able to dress according to their religion … Muhammad deftly worked her way up the international fencing rankings without having to defend the way she dresses.
Which is why an incident at South by Southwest, where she was due to speak on a panel Saturday evening, was so frustrating.
I was just asked to remove my hijab at SXSW Registration for my ID badge.. I can’t make this stuff up #SXSW2016
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) March 12, 2016
Muhammad said that she explained to the volunteer that she wore the scarf for religious reasons, but he insisted she could not wear it for her ID photo.
Eventually, she was issued a badge, that showed her in her scarf — but it had the wrong name.
South by Southwest later apologized for the incident.