Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Barbie "Shero" Doll with a Hijab Honors Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

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"I´m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote on Twitter.

'I know that as an athlete I have larger legs-these strong legs that we use, especially fencers, to propel ourselves into lunges-and it was important for me to have my doll be as close to my likeness as possible, ' she said. Muhammad's Shero doll will hit stores in 2018. Barbie also tweeted a preview of the doll.

Ibtihaj, who was also named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" previous year, is the most recent honoree of the Barbie "Shero" program, which celebrates women who push through and challenge boundaries in their fields. "She will play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture". The Muhammad doll will be available starting in 2018.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Muhammad described the doll created in her image as a "childhood dream come true". Last year, the brand famously introduced new dolls in three different body types to reflect real women and girls, in diverse skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, and face shapes. (OK, we still take them out once in a while.) We're kind of her biggest fan, and now we have another reason to love the plastic doll even more. "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. Hence the reason there is now a hijab-wearing Barbie. "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.

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Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie. Now, she's making history again by teaming up with Mattel to create a Barbie designed after her.

Mohammad knows how significant this is, because like many children of color who grew up before Barbie was as diversified as it is today, it was hard to find an array of brown and black dolls.

In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements. And that's something to celebrate.

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