The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Posted November 15, 2017

The first hijab-wearing Barbie doll has been released to honour a fencer who became the first U.S. woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics.

The face of the doll has been modelled on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a bronze medal in Rio past year.

According to The Wrap, Muhammad's Barbie made its debut at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit earlier today.

The doll was unveiled at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit in NY. "Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype - which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out".

Ms Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of "Barbie Shero" program that recognises women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls.

Barbie and Mattel have been shifting their image to become more racially diverse via their You Can Be Anything campaign. "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said. The inspirational and boundary-breaking women, who inspired such dolls, include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". Come true dream, - commented on the cooperation of Muhammad. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Muhammad said she is excited to see this first of its kind doll and believes that the girls who shop for these dolls may look up to them.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", Muhammad added. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".