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Ibtihaj Muhammad debuts the new Barbie doll made in her likeness. (Twitter)


In a first, Mattel introduces a Hijab-wearing Barbie doll

By WITW Staff on November 14, 2017

Ibtihaj Muhammad, the fencer who made history as the first Muslim-American woman to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, now has a custom Barbie doll made in her honor.

As Yahoo! reports, Mattel released the doll as part of its “Sheroes” collection, which features a line of Barbies modeled after a diverse range of accomplished women. Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Ashley Graham, and Misty Copeland are among the famous figures who have been given the Barbie treatment.

Muhammad’s doll, which will be available for purchase in 2018, was unveiled at Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Summit. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have many options of dolls that looked like me,” Muhammed said during the event, adding that she used to sew hijabs onto her Barbies. Others have also take the initiative to do the same by adding a headscarf to the iconic doll.

“Now Mattel is doing it for us,” she said.

In a post social media, Muhammed wrote that she is “proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true.”

Read the full story at Yahoo!


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