Barbie's newest doll includes a hijab for the first time

15 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Kickin it Ashley Graham hammed it up as she posed at the Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at New York's Brooklyn Museum on Monday

This is a childhood dream come true????

The fencer, known as the first USA athlete to compete in a hijab, met her Barbie replica at the at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2017.

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.

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

The doll will be part of Barbie's "Shero" line, which includes iconic women like Trisha Yearwood, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland and will be available for purchase in 2018. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls.

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After visiting the Mattel factory to weigh in on the design process, Muhammad saw her doll for the first time at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2017. Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup.

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.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", says Sejal Shah Miller, vice president of global marketing for Barbie. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more. "I know that as an athlete I have larger legs - these strong legs that we use, especially fencers, to propel ourselves into lunges - and it was important for me to have my doll be as close to my likeness as possible". I'm also really big to into eyeliner. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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