Mattel's First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Makes History

15 November, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Rita Burton
  • 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

Tweeting about the news, Ibtihaj said it's a childhood dream come true.

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the US and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics.

The Barbie unveiling represents another mainstreaming of the hijab, a broad term for Islamic modesty standards for women in how they dress.

Mattel has released an unusual Barbie doll for the first time in 58 years of the history of toys, her hair was hidden under the hijab.

"We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!"

"I can't believe this is happening honestly", Muhammad told HuffPost.

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Other athletes with their own Barbie dolls include Gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas, soccer player Abby Wambach and ballerina Misty Copeland, all part of the Shero line of dolls. It will be available to the public, though, in the fall of 2018.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said.

A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.

Mattel has unveiled the newest Barbie doll in its "Sheroes" collection, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure. "I'm also really big into eyeliner", she said. Muhammad was presented the doll by last year's Shero, body activist and model, Ashley Graham. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is incredible". This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Ibtihaj described the taunting and body shaming she faced as an athlete and how the doll captured the things which make her so different and so special.

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