Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first Muslim American athlete to wear a hijab at the Rio Olympics in 2016. While she won a bronze medal in fencing, it was her religious expression that paved the way for other young, Muslim people to complete while wearing a headscarf.
As a Muslim boxer, she has been granted the right to compete wearing a hijab in the U.S. under a boxing exemption.
Zafar will be able to dress according to her religious beliefs and box in her first sanctioned match this month, according to the Star Tribune.
To compete in the Olympics however, Zafar will have to convince international boxing organisation, the AIBA, to allow her to participate in her preferred attire, rather than the compulsory sleeveless jersey and shorts.
Zafar is relieved she will not have to forfeit matches because of her clothing requirements.
This breakthrough comes a month after Nike released a line of active wear for female Muslim athletes including sporting hijabs.
Her coach said Zafar has already influenced the community, inspiring two female Muslim teens to start boxing.