Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijab

14 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Benny Bass
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"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", Muhammad, 31, said in a statement. Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup.

You can expect the doll to look like Muhammad beyond the hijab, too-from the body type to the makeup. Barbie also tweeted a preview of the doll.

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote in her caption.

That's because when Mattel unveiled its newest Barbie Shero doll, complete with hijab, on Monday, the Muslim-American Olympian says she saw the potential to inspire future generations of girls just like her. When she was younger, Muhammad used to sew hijabs onto her Barbie dolls. (OK, we still take them out once in a while.) We're kind of her biggest fan, and now we have another reason to love the plastic doll even more.

About Glamour: Glamour is one of the biggest fashion and beauty media brands in the world, now reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 9.7 million print readers, more than 11 million unique monthly users online, and over 14 million followers across social media platforms. But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab.

"Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype-which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", said Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive. That's just another reason that she is a ideal choice for the Shero Barbie honor.

Mattel is officially coming out with its first hijab-wearing Barbie! The first is to make "playtime more inclusive", all the while "getting children accustomed to seeing headscarves in order to help fight stigma". This year the company has created it's first hijab-wearing Barbie for their Ibtihaj Muhammad doll.

Mohammad knows how significant this is, because like many children of color who grew up before Barbie was as diversified as it is today, it was hard to find an array of brown and black dolls.

Ibtihaj Muhammad visited the Mattel factory when the doll was being designed, but the Glamour Women of the Year event was the first time that she had seen the doll as a finished product and she could barely contain her excitement. And that's something to celebrate.



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