Mattel's hijab-wearing Barbie replica of Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad has arrived

Mattel's hijab-wearing Barbie replica of Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad has arrived

Darren Sullivan
November 15, 2017

The dolls will be available in 2018, USA Today's report said. Thankfully, in recent years they've begun to change that typical image by introducing dolls with different interests and backgrounds.

Barbie is now donning the hijab! It's been created to honour and pay tribute to the American athlete, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who competed in the Olympics in fencing. As Muhammad explained in her most recent Instagram caption, the Barbie Shero Program honors women who "break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls".

Not only does her Barbie represent a whole new population of women, but it opens many more doors of creativity for children when they play with Barbie.

Muhammad's face lit up when she saw her Barbie replica, identical to her down to the fencing uniform and white hijab.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", Muhammad added. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed.

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The doll was introduced as the latest addition to Mattel's "Sheroes" line, which also features women such as Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out".

Muhammad said that, during her childhood in New Jersey, she would make hijabs out of tissues to put on the heads of her Barbie dolls.

"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", Ibtihaj Muhammad said. It also wears a hijab, just like her, making it the first Barbie to ever wear one (Hijarbie isn't by Mattel). "We hope this doll shows girls they can be anything". "So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with".