Barbie Unveils First Hijab-Wearing Doll Inspired By Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammed

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Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made headlines back in 2016 for being the first Muslim-American Olympian to compete in a hijab and bring home a medal. Now, the athlete is making headlines once again serving as the source of inspiration behind the first-ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll!

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Ibtihaj was the first American athlete to wear a hijab while competing in the 2016 Olympics where she took home the bronze medal. Set to hit stores in Fall 2018, the doll sports a fencing uniform, joining Mattel’s Barbie ‘Sheroes’‘ line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have been modeled after Zendaya, Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay and more.

Ibtihaj Muhammed

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Presented with her doll at Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year Summit, the beauty shared her hopes that this historic moment will inspire girls of the next generation.

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“Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become,” said Ibtihaj. “I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle, and now I have my own doll wearing a hijab that the next generation of girls can use to play out their own dreams.”  

Mattel has not announced any price details for the doll as yet, but stay tuned for details once announced.

Congratulation Ibtihaj!

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