NJ Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad inspires first hijab-wearing Barbie

15 November, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her. The prototype of the doll is the U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who, performing in a Muslim headdress, became the bronze medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Barbie is now donning the hijab!

Mattel has made history with the first hijab-wearing Barbie to honor Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad. The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab - a first for Barbie.

"Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries", the Barbie makers said.

Other dolls in the collection include African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. Mattel Inc. said the doll will be available online next fall.

"I had so many moments as an athlete where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation", the 31-year-old New Jersey native said.


The unveiling of the latest Barbie Shero was made at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit and the doll will go on sale in 2018.

The doll will come with a full fencing uniforms, including a sabre and a mask.

The doll was introduced at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in NY, where Muhammad was on hand to express her gratitude. "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure".

Muhammad told Bustle that she's so honored to be the model for which this doll was designed. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab. "I want to challenge the misconceptions not only outside the Muslim community, but also within the Muslim community".

Ms Muhammad is also a sports ambassador and works on the US State Department's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative.

While on stage at the Glamour's Women Of The Year event, Muhammad and Graham compared their dolls' thick legs - which differ from the traditional appearance of Barbie dolls' slender frames.

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