February 18, 2018

Hijab-wearing Barbie modelled on US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

15 November 2017, 01:29 | Cassandra Thompson

There is now a hijab-wearing Barbie for the first time ever

Shining star The 30-year-old plus-size model showed off a glimpse of her toned tummy in a cropped white T-shirt and a long black glittery wrap skirt with silver high heels

Speaking at Glamour's Women of the Year Summit, Muhammad said she and her sisters used to sew hijabs for their Barbies while growing up in New Jersey.

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.

Ibtihaj Muhammad attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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.

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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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