Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Barbie honors Ibtihaj Muhammad with hijab-wearing doll

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 The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad
Theodore Harris | 15 November, 2017, 00:24

"I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation", Muhammad said Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in NY. After becoming the first US Olympian to compete in a hijab, Muhammad has now created a Barbie of herself with a hijab.

The Olympic fencer announced on Monday at Glamour's Women of the Year summit that she will be the next doll in Barbie's "Shero" line which includes iconic women like Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland.

The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of male adults outside of their immediate family and it usually covers the head and chest areas.

Mattel says the newest Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018. In early 2017, Barbie rolled out their 'Fashionistas' range featuring dolls with different body types and a selection of skin and eye colours for both Barbie and Ken.

"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", said Ibtihaj Muhammad.

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"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab".

This ground-breaking Barbie is such a win for increased representation and inclusivity.

Still, while there were a few critics, most commenters said they believed the doll represents a major step towards representation. Now girls who wear a hijab can have a Barbie that looks like them too.

With more than 150 careers under her belt, Barbie long strived to be a role model for young girls. Plus, they get to learn about fencing!

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