The Face of Change
When people think of an American Olympic athlete, they probably don’t picture someone who looks like me. Black. Muslim.
But once I put my fencing mask on, I’m seen only as an athlete. That is and always has been empowering for me. My skin, my religion, my gender — those don’t define me.
I realize the importance of being the first Muslim woman to compete for Team USA. I am an image of change.