Barbie Makes First Hijab-Wearing Doll Based on Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

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She said the doll was a "childhood dream come true". The prototype of the doll is the United States fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who, performing in a Muslim headdress, became the bronze medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The hijab - one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture - is becoming increasingly popular with Western businesses, from hijab-wearing models in top fashion magazines to Apple's recently launched emoji character in a hijab.

It's been created to honour and pay tribute to the American athlete, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who competed in the Olympics in fencing. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. This series of dolls pushing for the recognition of women who violate the boundaries and inspiring the next generation of girls. The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls. Now, she hopes that her own Barbie doll will inspire children of color across the country to "embrace what makes them unique". It was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit in NY on Monday, but it will be on sale to the public in the fall of 2018.

The Olympic fencer announced on Monday at Glamour's Women of the Year summit that she will be the next doll in Barbie's "Shero" line which includes iconic women like Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland. "I just love it", she said. "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure". "I want to challenge the misconceptions not only outside the Muslim community, but also within the Muslim community". 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.

Muhammad told Bustle that she's so honored to be the model for which this doll was designed. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is fantastic". "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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