Mattel Releases Hijab-Wearing Barbie Inspired by Olympic Fencer


She said the doll was a "childhood dream come true".

Muhammad's presence on the U.S. Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 "gave her a megaphone, and she has used it wisely to promote sports and tolerance", Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler wrote from the Games.

Barbie is now donning the hijab!

Yesterday one of the biggest names in toys gave us another example of their commitment to diversity when Mattel introduced a new hijab wearing Barbie doll, inspired by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic.

Other prominent women who were honoured through the "Sheroes" line include Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay and actress Zendaya. It will be available to the public, though, in the fall of 2018.

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Now. she has a doll in her own likeness courtesy of Barbie.

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday in NY. It's a feat she described on Monday, when the doll was unveiled, as "amazing". Announcing a new doll, the company just unveiled its latest product, the Hijab-wearing doll as part of its annual Shero program. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the ideal winged liner and also to wear a hijab".

Speaking to People, Muhammad said she was excited about working with Mattel because it works hard to promote strong women and inspire future generations. "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". "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".