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Barbie Heads Into New Ground With Hijab-Sporting Doll

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad binds a hijab-wearing “Barbie Shero” in her correspondence during a 2017 Glamour Women of a Year Awards on Monday.

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Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad binds a hijab-wearing “Barbie Shero” in her correspondence during a 2017 Glamour Women of a Year Awards on Monday.

Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Mattel denounced a initial hijab-wearing Barbie doll on Monday, modeled after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed, who has damaged belligerent herself as a initial U.S. Olympic contestant to contest in a conduct scarf.

“Perfect hijab impulse right here, this is amazing,” Muhammed pronounced as she detected a doll for a initial time during a Glamour Women of a Year Summit, her correspondence clad in a white fencing uniform and clutching a sword and helmet.

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Muhammed pronounced she played with Barbies until she was a teenager, though nothing of a dolls looked like her, so she resorted to sewing mini hijabs onto them. Now she is anticipating a new doll inspires other girls “to welcome what creates them unique.”

In an talk with ESPNW, Muhammed, 31, said, “I feel like I’ve always embraced being ‘different’ in honour to violation boundaries, being an African-American Muslim lady in a competition of fencing.”

It was some-more than figurine’s hijab that mattered to Muhammed. “Growing adult we was always told that my legs were big,” a New Jersey local told ESPN. “(I)t was critical to me that my doll has an jaunty build and toned legs, that we have. Those legs helped me win my award during a Olympic Games.”

Muhammed won bronze during a 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, that also gave her a eminence of apropos a initial Muslim American lady to take home an Olympic title.

The doll, that won’t be accessible for squeeze until 2018, is partial of Mattel’s “Sheroes” line, modeled after real-life women who are “breaking boundaries.” In May, Olympic bullion medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas was famous with her possess “Shero” doll.

Mattel has been operative to pierce Barbie’s picture divided from a blonde-haired, blue-eyed and unattainably proportioned clone. In 2016, it rolled out a Barbie Fashionista’s line, with dolls of 4 physique types, 7 skin tones and 24 hairstyles. The new dolls have been credited with assisting revitalise sales.

Even Barbie’s beloved Ken got a makeover progressing this year, with some-more than a dozen new dolls of varying shapes, shades and hairdos — man-bun included.

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More than only toys, Muhammed tells ESPN a dolls can be collection to “show children how to welcome what creates them opposite and to remind them that they’re pleasing and they can be whatever they want. We can assistance pull that account by purpose play, by dolls and by regulating your imagination.”