Mattel's hijab-wearing Barbie replica of Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad has arrived

Posted November 15, 2017

The medalist sent a tweet about her Barbie doll, calling it a "dream come true".

The Barbie unveiling represents another mainstreaming of the hijab, a broad term for Islamic modesty standards for women in how they dress.

Mattel has made history with the first hijab-wearing Barbie to honor Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

U.S. Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.

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Ms Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of "Barbie Shero" program that recognises women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls.

"I can't believe this is happening honestly", Muhammad told HuffPost. Previously, prototypes for toys of this line became Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabrielle Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yerwood other women.

Inspiring, right? Mattel, the toymaker behind Barbie dolls, thought so too.

While on stage at the Glamour's Women Of The Year event, Muhammad and Graham compared their dolls' thick legs - which differ from the traditional appearance of Barbie dolls' slender frames.

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Mattel has unveiled the newest Barbie doll in its "Sheroes" collection, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ibtihaj Muhammad attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic games. I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the ideal winged liner and also to wear a hijab". "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab".

Ms Muhammad is also a sports ambassador and works on the US State Department's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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