Mattel has created the first ever Barbie who wears a hijab


A Barbie doll based on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will be the first of the toy line to wear a hijab, according to USA Today.

The fencer, known as the first USA athlete to compete in a hijab, met her Barbie replica at the at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2017.

Speaking to People, Muhammad said she was excited about working with Mattel because it works hard to promote strong women and inspire future generations. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the flawless winged liner and also to wear a hijab".

The history-making doll will be based on an equally inspirational woman: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Clad in fencing gear and a head scarf, the doll was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit. "There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before".

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice-president of marketing, told Bustle in a statement.

Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.

Mattel, the company that manufactures the famous range of dolls, says the hijab-wearing Barbie will be available online next spring in Australia.

As part of Mattel's effort to make its collection of dolls more diverse, they added a doll in their "Sheroes" collection modelled after US Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with". The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic.