Ibtihaj Muhammad's Mirror Monologue, Brought to You by COVERGIRL: "When I Look Good, I Feel Good"

"When I look good, I feel good." U.S. Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad on finding confidence—in sports and in life.
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Released on 8/8/2016

Credits

Starring: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Transcript

00:00
{light guitar music}
00:14
The way that I do my makeup
00:16
and my daily routine definitely embodies
00:18
who I am as a person.
00:25
When I feel really good about my appearance
00:27
it's a lot easier for me to feel confident
00:31
about myself and be able to attack the day
00:37
and to have it be a positive experience for me.
00:41
I started wearing makeup in college.
00:44
It was something that I would do occasionally
00:47
and then it gradually just became a routine
00:49
of mine that I just liked the way wearing
00:52
eyeliner made me feel about myself.
00:55
It was a gradual process to find something
00:59
that not only worked with my look
01:02
and my own features,
01:04
but something I was comfortable with.
01:08
I would say my favorite feature is definitely
01:10
my eyes and when I look good,
01:13
I feel good.
01:15
So if I have this perfectly winged liner
01:17
and I feel good and I feel like I look good
01:20
then I can feel confident throughout the day.
01:22
A large part of why I believe I was successful
01:25
in qualifying for this Olympic team
01:27
was changing
01:29
my thought process
01:30
and how I approached not just my life
01:34
as an athlete but just like my day to day life
01:37
and being positive.
01:38
To anyone who believes that I don't
01:40
belong on the team, find someone who's
01:42
better than me to take my spot.
01:45
Only three people in the United States are
01:47
afforded this position and it had a lot to do
01:49
with hard work and perseverance
01:51
and essentially showing
01:54
not just yourself
01:55
but the country that you belong
01:58
and it's just been this really rewarding
02:00
experience to be given this insurmountable task
02:04
and being able to achieve it has just been
02:07
really rewarding for me.
02:09
I just try to remind myself to
02:11
be grateful for the things that I've been
02:13
afforded but also to remind myself
02:15
that no matter what has happened in the past
02:18
or what crazy thing is going to
02:21
happen throughout the day,
02:22
that today is going to be a good day.
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