Mattel, the American toy manufacturing company, has released a new hijab-wearing Barbie doll in tribute to fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim-American to don the traditional Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics.
Muhammad joins an impressive roster of other "Sheroes" including Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay and calls the opportunity "super humbling". Muhammad made history back in 2016 for being the first member of the United States Olympic team to compete with a hijab and Mattel is returning the favor with the brand new limited-edition Barbie doll.
The importance of representing the first-ever hijab-wearing doll is not lost on Muhammad.
Ibtihaj Muhammad personally took part in the design of the doll. "It says my name on the back and it has a fencing mask and the little sabre".
"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. Proud that the girls will now be able to play with a Barbie who wears the hijab!
Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.
"A lot of people don't believe that Muslim women have voices, or that we participate in sports", Muhammad said, according to Fowler's report.
"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", said Sejal Shah Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie. I'm also really big to into eyeliner. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".
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