First hijab-wearing Barbie launched inspired by Olympic fencer

15 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio previous year as the first U.S. Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russian Federation. 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. "Ideal hijab moment right here-this is awesome", she exclaimed.

At the Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit Monday, Muhammad became the latest honoree as part of Barbie Shero program that recognizes female trailblazers.

The 31-year-old added that she's humbled to be in the company of the famous women in Barbie's Shero line.

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The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters.

The Barbie unveiling represents another mainstreaming of the hijab, a broad term for Islamic modesty standards for women in how they dress.

We think it's safe to say that this is a childhood dream come true for many hijab-wearing girls out there. "I played with Barbie for a long time, what some people may call an uncomfortably long time", she joked. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". "So to be in this moment, as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a global brand, diversify their toy line to include a Barbie doll that wears a hijab is very moving to me". "She will play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture". "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

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