Thanks to Ibtihaj Muhammad, The First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Is Here

Emmett Rice
November 15, 2017

(The Ibtihaj Barbie will be released to the public in the fall of 2018.) "It's so cool to see myself in this little doll form with my fencing uniform on", she says. Thankfully, in recent years they've begun to change that typical image by introducing dolls with different interests and backgrounds. She's the latest honoree in the Barbie hero program which recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls.

Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.

This year's recipient, Muhammad, was honoured as the first woman to wear a hijab while competing at the Olympic Games.

Muhammad opened up about how much the doll means to her.

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Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and emoji smartphone symbols. The athlete posed with her mini-me on Barbie's Instagram today. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the ideal winged liner and also to wear a hijab". Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood.

On its website, Mattel writes that the new Ibtihaj Muhammad doll serves as "an inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture".

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you".

"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said.

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