U.S. Olympian Talks About Finding Confidence, Loving Her Features, And The Power Of Makeup

"To anyone who believes that I don't belong on the team, find someone who's better than me to take my spot."

This year, U.S. Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first Team USA athlete to compete in a hijab.

In a video for MINI USA, the Olympian fencer says: "I've always been very unapologetic about who I am. My beliefs, my religion, my faith — they're a part of who I am and I've never felt the need to explain it to anyone."

Now, in a video monologue for Glamour magazine, Muhammad talks about finding confidence, feeling good about herself, and how makeup has become a powerful part of her day-to-day routine.

"The way that I do my makeup and my daily routine definitely embodies who I am as a person," Muhammad begins in the video. "When I feel really good about my appearance, it's a lot easier for me to feel confident about myself and be able to attack the day, and to have it be a positive experience for me." 

As the video continues, Muhammad applies eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara and more to complete her stunning look, with a clear focus on her favorite feature, her eyes. 

"When I look good, I feel good. So if I have this perfectly winged liner and I feel good, and I feel like I look good, then I can look confident throughout the day." 


Muhammad goes on to attribute her success, in part, to leading a positive everyday lifestyle.

And though it isn't always easy to avoid negativity in your life, scientific research has shown that there are numerous ways to curb negativity and live a more positive lifestyle, including practicing mindfulness, exercising, listening to music, and beyond. 

Now, it seems as though Muhammad won't let anything bring her down — and rightfully so.

"To anyone who believes that I don't belong on the team, find someone who's better than me to take my spot ..."

"... Only three people in the United States are afforded this position and it had a lot to do with hard work and perseverance and, essentially, showing not just yourself, but the country that you belong ... No matter what has happened in the past or what crazy thing is going to happen throughout the day, that today is going to be a good day."

With that, be sure to check out Muhammad's full monologue in the video below:


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