The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

On Tuesday, she said being turned into a Barbie was "a childhood dream come true".

Muhammad, one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2016, became the first female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics, earning a bronze medal in the Team Sabre.

There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before.

The manufacturer of the Barbie doll has revealed its latest figurine is inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". Previously, prototypes for toys of this line became Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabrielle Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yerwood other women. The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls. She had this to say.

The doll was unveiled during Glamour's Woman of the Year live summit in Brooklyn, New York, where the Olympian was present on the stage.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday in NY.

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head. "I feel very proud and good about working with a brand that honors not just powerful women and women of color, but also a brand that honors women who are working to impact the global community, not just today but also in the future". I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete.

The importance of representing the first-ever hijab-wearing doll is not lost on Muhammad. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the ideal winged liner and also to wear a hijab".

The doll is part of the Barbie "Shero" line that honours women who break boundaries.

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