Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

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

At the Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit Monday, Muhammad became the latest honoree as part of Barbie Shero program that recognizes female trailblazers.

The woman who became the first US Olympian to compete wearing a hijab now has a Barbie modeled after her-and it's the first one to wear a headscarf in the doll's 58 years of existence.

Ibtihaj's "Shero" doll will be available for purchase in 2018. "Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries", the brand wrote in the caption. The one-of-a-kind Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018.

Now, after being put into the history books, Muhammad will be immortalized in a very different way. Now, the Olympian says she is elated to have a doll made to her likeness. "I come from a pretty small sport that a lot of people had the opportunity to learn about last summer at the Olympic games and now to even have fencers in the conversation", she says. Barbie also tweeted a preview of the doll. I'm really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for [a] Barbie doll that may look [like] them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does.

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Her doll will be available for sale in the fall of 2018.

The Barbie of the new millennium provides a more accurate depiction of the shapes and sizes of real women, as well as depicting women of color who exist beyond the white, blonde archetype.

On its website, Mattel said the new Barbie is "inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture", adding it hopes the doll "shows girls they can be anything". "Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype - which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement. And girls that don't get to see what a Barbie in a hijab looks like, which is more important now than ever. Hence the reason there is now a hijab-wearing Barbie.

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