Mattel Debuts First Hijab-Wearing Barbie So More Kids Can Have Dolls That Look Like Them

The barbie was inspired by a "Woman of the Year" honoree, Ibtihaj Muhammad.

On Monday, Glamour magazine celebrated their 2017 Women of the Year (WOTY) with a live summit at the Brooklyn Museum and an awards show at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Honorees included astronaut Peggy Whitson, singer and activist Solange Knowles, and the organizers of this January's Women's March. 

Another honoree was Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the Olympics' first hijab-wearing athlete, ever

"When most people picture an Olympic fencer, they probably do not imagine a person like me," Muhammad said on USA Fencing last year. "Fortunately, I am not most people. ... I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals — not race, religion or gender. I want to set an example that anything is possible with perseverance."

Now, Mattel has announced their latest "Shero" Barbie dedicated to Muhammad. This Barbie is also the first to wear a hijab

"When I was growing up, I didn't have many options of dolls that looked like me," Muhammad says in a video for Glamour, shot at the Mattel design center. "But today, we're changing that ... For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll's for you." 

Muhammad's doll joins other "Shero" dolls inspired by Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, Eva Chen, and Ashley Graham.

In fact, Graham herself presented Muhammad with the doll at Monday's WOTY live summit; "Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear hijab, and just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf," Muhammad says in response to seeing the doll. "She's a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant saber and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal. And, she loves fashion."

"This is a childhood dream come true," Muhammad adds in a caption on Instagram

"Can't wait to get one for my daughter. You are amazing," one person comments on her post.

"Thank you for continuing to be an exceptional role model for ALL women and young girls to look up to," another adds. 

(H/T: Hello Giggles)


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