Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Barbie releases its first-ever Hijabi doll!

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Edmund Wade | 15 November, 2017, 00:24

Muhammad is a sabre fencer and was the first American Olympic athlete to compete in an event while wearing a hijab when she participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed. It's part of the Barbie "Shero" (female hero) line, which also includes stars such as Ava DuVernay and Kristin Chenoweth.

Ibtihaj Muhammad attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She also told reporters that as a child, she used to make hijabs for her Barbies out of tissue, and said that she hoped the new doll made in her likeness would inspired little girls of colour "to embrace what makes them unique". Last year, Mattel modeled a doll after Ashley Graham to "celebrate her pushing boundaries within the fashion industry and promoting the messages of body positivity".

The Barbie doll was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit.

But there's one thing Barbie hasn't done until now - worn a hijab, or Islamic headscarf or covering. "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". "She will play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture". Handler said she wanted to create a doll that would inspire young girls to be anything they wanted to be. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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