Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad
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
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The maker of Barbie has announced a new doll. She is modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad. She is an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics. She wore a hijab while competing.

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

"I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included. I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation." 

That's what Muhammad said last Monday night. She was 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 is the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab. She won a bronze medal in fencing. This was 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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How can toys affect society?
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  • Neveahh-orv
    12/05/2017 - 11:19 a.m.

    I don't think that toys can effect your society and I think that the Barbie doll is kind of strange on how they make them know

  • Spencer-E2
    12/06/2017 - 10:25 a.m.

    Barbie made a doll of ibtihaj Muhammad.She is the first female olympian fencer. I like this topic because I love fencing and a lot of little girls that want to play with black dolls now they can cause most of the dolls are made white.

  • Cynthiat-orv
    12/07/2017 - 02:06 p.m.

    I've always wanted to be a fencer but then i wanted to be a artist so the fencer dream burned up into flames. Anyway i liked this article

  • keidene-orv
    12/08/2017 - 11:40 a.m.

    the way toys affect society is like making a role model to look up to and it can have that toy of there role model in their home

  • jackiek-orv
    12/20/2017 - 11:11 a.m.

    i think this doll should be sold in stores not just online

  • MadisonA-par1
    1/11/2018 - 09:59 a.m.

    This article was very interesting to read and it is amazing that they made a doll after her especially since she was the first person to wear a hijab in the Olympics and win.

  • Colinb-bru1
    1/17/2018 - 10:16 a.m.

    Toys are what some kids call friends. While some call them a form of entertainment, witch is what I call them.

  • Gracew-bru1
    1/17/2018 - 04:19 p.m.

    Toys can affect society because they encourage the development of scientific and intellectual skills, but some toys can cause violent and risky behavior. Also children learn very quickly when they get a new toy and how to operate it and somehow they could find a way for it to hurt others or maybe help others but we would want toys that would help people and not harm people. We also want toys in our life because that could be a way that children learn it could be a process that they use.

  • VALERIET-vms
    1/17/2018 - 08:18 p.m.

    This story was very inspiring to me because it said no matter what you look like it has its own way to be used. The women said to never hold you self back and dont be scared.

  • Raimak-eic
    1/19/2018 - 01:41 p.m.

    This article is very cool,because Barbie has done something very amazing,and inspiring the Usa can learn a lesson.

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