Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

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

Barbie is now donning the hijab!

Mattel is set to release its first hijab-wearing barbie, inspired by US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

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"We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!".

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.

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote in her caption. Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood. The dolls will be available in 2018, USA Today's report said.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad just announced that Barbie is making a doll in her likeness.

The daughter of a police detective and a teacher, Muhammad grew up with four siblings in Maplewood and discovered fencing when she was 13 years old, winning medals and accolades until she qualified for the Olympics in 2016. The doll looks like a copy of the woman athlete: the new Barbie doll wears a fencer's suit and has a fit figure. "I just love it", she said.

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.

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"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs". I'm also really big into eyeliner. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the flawless winged liner and also to wear a hijab". "I come from a pretty small sport that a lot of people had the opportunity to learn about last summer at the Olympic games and now to even have fencers in the conversation", she says.

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