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The fencing phenom was celebrated during Black Girls Rock!, where she was recognized for changing the narrative of black women in sports. 

Sydney Scott
Aug, 23, 2017

Ibtihaj Muhammad changed the sporting world in 2016, when she became the first woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics.

During Tuesday night's Black Girls Rock! Awards, Muhammad was recognized with a hilarious and inspiring speech by this year's breakout star, Tiffany Haddish.

The Girls Trip actress recognized the bronze-winning Olympian, calling her "a pillar of resilience and inspiration to us all."

Muhammad is the first female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics. The New Jersey native is also a sports ambassador, serving on the U.S. Department of State's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative.