Barbie's Newest Model is Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

"I don't think there's anything wrong with little girls wanting to wear makeup or role-play with their dolls-and also for their dolls to be badass sportswoman on the fencing strip, in hijab". "Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shal Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, said in the press release.

The new doll is the first Barbie to wear a hijab and will be available starting in 2018. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic.

Muhammad worked with Mattel on the doll's design, according to People. It's the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line, an initiative that celebrates women breaking boundaries.

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

Mattel just announced their newest Shero Barbie (the company's campaign to honor lady heroes-"sheroes"-which includes trailblazing women like Ava DuVernay, Ashley Graham, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland), and it's none other than Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad". Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup.

Now Muhammad, who grew up in Essex County, New Jersey, is making history again as Mattel unveils a new doll inspired by the athlete.

"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", Muhammad said to the Huffington Post.

Barbie's breaking barriers! Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more.

The brand may have drawn inspiration from the Instagram account @Hijarbie, the "mini hijab fashion" blog that shows hijab-wearing dolls of all kinds of race and style.

Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie.

Unfortunately though, if you were looking to get this particular Barbie for your child this Christmas, they'll have to wait until the next holiday season.

As Muhammad notes to People, "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool. I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".



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