Thanks to Ibtihaj Muhammad, The First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Is Here

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

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

"This is a childhood dream come true", she added. The doll is modeled after American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete and win a medal in the Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Barbie and Mattel have been shifting their image to become more racially diverse via their You Can Be Anything campaign.

"I think its revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in - and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind", she says.

"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear a hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a head scarf", Muhammad said.

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The hijab-wearing Barbie, produced by company Mattel, is part of Barbie's "Shero" line which recognises women "who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls", and will go on sale in 2018, the company said.

The Barbie "Shero" line includes dolls inspired by director Ava DuVernay, actress Zendaya and gymnast Gabby Douglas. The one-of-a-kind doll made in Muhammad's likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line, or female heroes, a program that celebrates women meant to inspire the next generation. Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup. Ashley Graham, who debuted her own Barbie at last year's Women of the Year Summit, helped introduce the new doll. and the whole exchange gave us a lot of feelings.

The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more.

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. "I want to challenge the misconceptions not only outside the Muslim community, but also within the Muslim community. Ideal hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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