Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

NJ Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad inspires first hijab-wearing Barbie

NJ Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad inspires first hijab-wearing Barbie

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote in her caption.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, vice president of global marketing for Barbie, explained.

Muhammad's toy version will be available in tiny plastic form (complete with mini fencing uniform and matching white hijab.yasss) in 2018. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic.

Mattel unveiled the doll during Glamour's Women of the Year summit.


Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of Barbie Shero program that recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Eventually, she became the first Muslim-American to bring home a medal (bronze, to be exact). The one-of-a-kind doll made in Muhammad's likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line, or female heroes, a program that celebrates women meant to inspire the next generation. The history-making doll will be based on an equally inspirational woman: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad. Mattel has made many inclusive additions to its lineup in recent years, such as body-positive Barbie and Ken dolls and the aptly named "Shero" dolls, which pay homage to some wonderful RL women including Gabby Douglas, Trisha Yearwood, and Ava DuVernay. Last year, the brand famously introduced new dolls in three different body types to reflect real women and girls, in diverse skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, and face shapes. "She also needed to have the flawless winged eyeliner because it's one of the things that makes me feel great-it's my shield of power".

Barbie's breaking barriers! Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S.

"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said. Now girls who wear a hijab can have a Barbie that looks like them too.

Ultimately, Muhammad was a ideal choice for Mattel to immortalize in their iconic doll for this year's Shero lineup. Plus, they get to learn about fencing! "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool. I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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