For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

The medalist sent a tweet about her Barbie doll, calling it a "dream come true".

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American Muslim woman to win a bronze medal in sabre fencing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Barbie and Mattel have been shifting their image to become more racially diverse via their You Can Be Anything campaign.

Olympian, Ibtihaj Muhammad has joined another team to make history, this time it's with Mattel's Barbie for a doll wearing a hijab.

"Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries", the Barbie makers said. Proud that the girls will now be able to play with a Barbie who wears the hijab! Ava Duvernay, Emmy Rossum, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland also have dolls modelled off them.

Mattel says the newest Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018.

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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".

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

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday in NY. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". She wanted the Barbie doll to reflect that. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is fantastic", she exclaimed.

"A lot of people don't believe that Muslim women have voices, or that we participate in sports", Muhammad said, according to Fowler's report. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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