The first hijab-wearing Barbie has made its official debut

15 November, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • US Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad holds the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll

Ibtihaj, who won the bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the first American to wear a hijab while competing.

The first United States woman to compete at the Olympics in a hijab, Muhammad won bronze at last year's games in Rio.

Speaking to People, Muhammad said she was excited about working with Mattel because it works hard to promote strong women and inspire future generations. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is fantastic".

According to Mattel, the "sheros" program was created to honor women who break boundaries.

The doll will be part of Barbie's "Shero" line, which includes Barbies based on singer Trisha Yearwood, gymnast Gabby Douglas, and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

The face of the doll has been modelled on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a bronze medal in Rio a year ago.

The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters.


We think it's safe to say that this is a childhood dream come true for many hijab-wearing girls out there. Ashley Graham, who debuted her own Barbie at last year's Women of the Year Summit, helped introduce the new doll. and the whole exchange gave us a lot of feelings.

Ibtihaj's doll will be available for purchase in 2018.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out".

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said.

On its website, Mattel explains that the new Barbie is "inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture", The Telegraph reports.

An Olympian-inspired Barbie is the first Mattel doll to wear a hijab.

Barbie however isn't the only brand that has recognised toy dolls could do with a little diversifying.

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