Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

No body shaming The model is an activist speaking out on body image issues for women

No body shaming The model is an activist speaking out on body image issues for women

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. This year's recipient, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, is honoured as the first woman to compete at the Olympic Games while wearing a Hijab.

"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", said Ibtihaj Muhammad. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed.

The 31-year-old added that she's humbled to be in the company of the famous women in Barbie's Shero line.

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This doll, made in Muhammad's likeness, marks the newest inductee into the Barbie "Shero" series.

When we think of the Barbie doll, we probably get a picture in our head of a stick thin blonde doll with pink clothes and accessories. "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 said Monday night, as reported by AP.

The hijab headscarf is worn by many Muslim women to conform with the religion's views on female modesty. In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique".

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Not only does her Barbie represent a whole new population of women, but it opens many more doors of creativity for children when they play with Barbie.

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. Miller continued by saying that "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented", and continued by saying that Barbie is proud to be working with the Olympian. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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