Barbie "Shero" Doll with a Hijab Honors Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad


A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation. It also wears a hijab, just like her, making it the first Barbie to ever wear one (Hijarbie isn't by Mattel).

Since then, she's been a strong advocate for amplifying black and Muslim voices in the wake of a Trump presidency. "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool".

The new doll, which is the first barbie to wear a hijab, will be available starting in 2018.

Muhammad killed it at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where she earned her bronze medal as part of Team Sabre for Team USA.

Muhammad, who was on Time Magazine's 2016 list of "100 Most Influential People", also has her own clothing line.

"I can't tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I'm Muslim".

Issei Kato / Reuters Team U.S.A. member Ibtihaj Muhammad and Dagmara Wozniak celebrate winning the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 13, 2016.

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Mattel has for a while been on a real drive to make Barbie dolls more diverse and realistic, and here's the latest result of that push: the first Barbie to wear a hijab headscarf. She wanted the Barbie doll to reflect that.

Playing with Barbie is a childhood memory many of us cherish.

The doll is modelled after US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad. "There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before". Muhammad also added her own touch on the way the doll ultimately turned out.

The Barbie - dressed in a white fencing outfit and holding a sabre - was presented to Muhammad on Monday at the Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit in Brooklyn, New York.

Issei Kato / Reuters Ibtihaj Muhammad celebrates after advancing to the women's sabre team semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 13, 2016. As a kid, she was "bullied for having larger legs", but fencing taught her to "embrace my body ... and the strength that it could produce".

The Olympic star continued: "I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs".