Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/U.S. Embassy London)
Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

The maker of Barbie has announced it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Mattel Inc. said the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie "Shero" line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay.

"I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation," Muhammad said last Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in New York. "So to be in this moment, as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a global brand, diversify their toy line to include a Barbie doll that wears a hijab is very moving to me."

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

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me," she said. "I know as a kid I was bullied for having larger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my body and to love my body and the strength that it could produce. 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. And I am very into eyeliner, so I wanted a strong-winged cat eye. And Mattel listened to everything, everything even down to the fabric of the hijab.”

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  • MarianaG-del
    11/26/2017 - 02:59 p.m.

    This article was very interesting. I cant believe they hsdn't made one yet. It was all about Mattel making a doll that looked like Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

  • samirad-cel
    11/30/2017 - 11:55 a.m.

    i enjoyed reading this story. It's cool that they are making more cultured dolls instead of making the same exact dolls all the time. Having this toy in the market can show younger girls that it's important that they embrace themselves the way they are

  • jamiyac-cel
    11/30/2017 - 12:31 p.m.

    I like the idea of making a barbie doll of Olympian,Ibtihaj Muhammad wearing her hijab because it presents appreciation of diversity and that it is good to embrace your culture.

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