Barbie Now Wears A Hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie doll

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the USA and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics.

"I can't believe this is happening honestly", Muhammad told HuffPost. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is incredible". The inspirational and boundary-breaking women, who inspired such dolls, include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay.

"I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation", Muhammad said Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in NY.

Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.

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.


The hijab headscarf is worn by many Muslim women to conform with the religion's views on female modesty.

On its website, Mattel writes that the new Ibtihaj Muhammad doll serves as "an inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture".

Ibtihaj's doll will be available for purchase in 2018. In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique".

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"

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