Nearly a year ago, Minnesota made history after electing Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali-American former refugee, to the state legislature.
Since then, Omar has inspired many with her fight for minority representation, and TIME magazine seems to be among them.
The magazine recently featured Omar on the cover of its Sept. 18 issue, which is expected to hit newsstands on Friday.
Omar is listed among 45 other women who have shattered barriers in an effort to change the world. The central theme of the list is "Firsts" - a multimedia project that includes 12 different covers featuring 12 different women.
"Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular," the magazine wrote in the project's introduction.
Omar, being the first Somali-American Muslim to become a legislator, is definitely a game-changer in U.S. politics.
"To the Muslim and Somali communities, my gender was a problem because politics is supposed to be a man’s role," Omar said.
"Then there was the typical stuff that women candidates deal with — as a mother, how irresponsible I must be to want to run and devote as much time out of the home. No one ever asks the male candidates … how they expect to balance family life."
But that didn't stop her.
"I had to figure out what it meant to be a bridge builder," Omar added.