SXSW Apologizes For Asking Olympic Fencer To Remove Her Hijab
U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was asked to remove her hijab by a SXSW staffer for an ID photo.By Matt Moreno | March 13, 2016
You'll almost never see her without a sabre in her hands and a hijab on her head, but U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was recently asked to leave her hijab behind.
In a series of tweets Saturday, Muhammad says a South by Southwest employee asked her to remove her hijab for an ID photo. Muhammad says she was also given the wrong ID badge shortly thereafter.
Muhammad, who wears the hijab for religious purposes, will be the first U.S. Olympic athlete to wear a hijab during competition come the 2016 Summer Olympics. She's also the first Muslim woman to compete for the U.S. national team in fencing.