New hijab-wearing Barbie modelled on Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Ibtihaj, who won the bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the first American to wear a hijab while competing.

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday in NY. The athlete posed with her mini-me on Barbie's Instagram today. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed.

The doll was released as part of the Sheroes series, which is dedicated to women, who inspire girls and "expand boundaries" of opportunities around the world.

The Barbie "Shero" line includes dolls inspired by director Ava DuVernay, actress Zendaya and gymnast Gabby Douglas.

During the Olympics Ms Muhammad drew criticism after she described the United States as a unsafe place for Muslims, telling the Daily Beast she did "not feel safe" as a Muslim living in America.

This doll will be the first officially licensed Barbie in Mattel's history to don a hijab.

Inspiring, right? Mattel, the toymaker behind Barbie dolls, thought so too.

The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. "There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before".

She said the doll was a "childhood dream come true". "She will play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture".

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, vice president of marketing for Barbie, told Bustle.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "I'm really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look like them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does".



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