For the first time there is a Hijab wearing Barbie and we are even more impressed by the woman who inspired the creation.
If you are not familiar, it’s time to get to know Ibtihaj Muhammad who is the first American athlete to compete in the Olympic games wearing a Hijab. She won a bronze model in fencing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics so naturally the doll is dressed in a padded fencing attire with a pair of Nike trainers as Muhammad is also an ambassador for the sports brand.
“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. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
American company Mattel will release it later next year as part of the Barbie #Shero line which pays tribute to inspiring women. On her Instagram page Muhammad thanked the company for making her part of the Barbie family and added: “I’m 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.”