First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Based On Olympic Fencer

First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Based On Olympic Fencer

First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Based On Olympic Fencer

The medalist sent a tweet about her Barbie doll, calling it a "dream come true".

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

The hijab - one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture - is becoming increasingly popular with Western businesses, from hijab-wearing models in top fashion magazines to Apple's recently launched emoji character in a hijab.

Mattel just released its first hijab-wearing Barbie and we're so here for it. But this is more than a special-edition doll: It's the first-ever Barbie to wear a hijab, which makes it a crucial win for inclusivity and representation. This series of dolls pushing for the recognition of women who violate the boundaries and inspiring the next generation of girls.

"I'm excited to just partner with a brand that I know honors powerful women who are breaking barriers and whose sole goal is to impact the future leaders of tomorrow", Muhammad told People.

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. The dolls will be available in 2018, USA Today's report said.

Speaking at Glamour's Women of the Year Summit, Muhammad said she and her sisters used to sew hijabs for their Barbies while growing up in New Jersey. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

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. Muhammad was presented the doll by last year's Shero, body activist and model, Ashley Graham. "I'm also really big into eyeliner", she said. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is unbelievable". "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".

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