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History-making hijabi Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own Barbie doll

13 November 2017

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.

Muhammad's doll marks a historic moment for Mattel, too, with the company never having created a doll that wears a hijab before. The one-of-a-kind Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018.

The athlete worked with Mattel every step of the way in the design process and says her resemblance to the doll is uncanny. And now she has her very own Barbie - the first to ever wear a hijab in the brand's 58-year history.

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"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" "I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle".

The "Shero" line already includes dolls designed after Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy Rossum, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay. The summit is an annual event celebrating influential women in a wide range of fields. "Hijarbie" creator Haneefa Adam made headlines earlier this year for dressing up Barbies in hand-made hijabs and modest clothing to make them more relatable for Muslim girls who dressed the same way.

The Barbie of the new millennium provides a more accurate depiction of the shapes and sizes of real women, as well as depicting women of color who exist beyond the white, blonde archetype. "Now Mattel is doing it for us", she added.

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Glamour called Muhammad "a modern American woman" for her ability to challenge multiple stereotypes in her life.

The company was created in recent years to promote "inclusion, tolerance and diversity through exposure" to Muslim fashion. The first is to make "playtime more inclusive", all the while "getting children accustomed to seeing headscarves in order to help fight stigma".

Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her. After earning the bronze for sabre fencing, she became the first female Muslim-American to win an Olympic medal. And that's something to celebrate.

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