Mattel Honors American Olympian With Hijab-Wearing Barbie

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    Toy company Mattel unveiled its very first hijab-wearing Barbie as part of its “Shero” (she + hero) collection dedicated to honoring strong and influential women such as Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer who became the first American to compete at the Games while wearing a hijab.

    “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything,” said Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie’s vice president of global marketing.

    The doll, which was announced on Monday at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit, will hit stores in 2018. The Muhammad-inspired Barbie becomes the latest addition to the Shero line, which has also venerated fellow Olympian Gabby Douglas, ballerina Misty Copeland, plus-size model Ashley Graham, and director Ava DuVernay.

    “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!” Muhammad wrote in a celebratory tweet. “This is a childhood dream come true.”

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