Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear a hijab


Mattel just released a badass new doll in the likeness of Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer and the first American to compete in the Games while wearing a hijab.

There's a short wait until the Barbie wearing a hijab will become available in 2018.

"Through playing with Barbie", Muhammad said in a statement to Bustle, "I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become". "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented".

Barbie has been working hard to make its collection of dolls more diverse in an effort to broaden the brand's appeal.

U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad told website Popsugar that she was detained a few weeks ago at U.S. Customs for two hours with no explanation. There is now a line of dolls with careers such as veterinarian, pilot, firefighter, and business woman.

Ultimately, Muhammad was a ideal choice for Mattel to immortalize in their iconic doll for this year's Shero lineup. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". "By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything".

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"Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype-which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", said Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive.

Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie. But in those early days, Muhammad didn't have Barbies that wore a headscarf, so she would sew on her own hijabs with her sisters.

Though Muslim women will no doubt be elated to have an official hijab-wearing Barbie, hijab-wearing women haven't been waiting for Mattel to include them in official Barbie fashions.

Barbie, Muhammad, and others took to Twitter to celebrate the ground-breaking announcement.

The opportunity to be immortalized into a Barbie doll is a major thing, and to have that honor while also representing for a group of people who could use more representation in all facets is something Muhammad is especially grateful for.

It is not the first time Mattel, which is now facing financial difficulties, has honored an American Olympian with a doll. And that's something to celebrate.