There is now a hijab-wearing Barbie for the first time ever

15 November, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Gary Shelton
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"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", said Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad became the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing the Islamic head scarf during competitions in Rio de Janeiro previous year, winning a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

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.

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This year, the brand selected United States fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American woman to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Honoured to have a Barbie modelled after her, Ibtihaj tweeted that she was proud that little girls everywhere now can play with a Barbie that wears hijab and said that having a doll modelled after her "is a childhood dream come true".

The doll will be part of Barbie's "Shero" line, which includes Barbies based on singer Trisha Yearwood, gymnast Gabby Douglas, and ballet dancer Misty Copeland. Ibtihaj Muhammad's Barbie will be available sometime in 2018.

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While on stage at the Glamour's Women Of The Year event, Muhammad and Graham compared their dolls' thick legs - which differ from the traditional appearance of Barbie dolls' slender frames. Ashley Graham, who debuted her own Barbie at last year's Women of the Year Summit, helped introduce the new doll. and the whole exchange gave us a lot of feelings. "She's a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal", Muhammad said in the USA Today report.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said. So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed.

She was presented with the doll by last year's victor, body activist and model Ashley Graham. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".

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