Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammed made waves during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, inspiring many as the first U.S. Olympian to compete in the games wearing a hijab. Her inspirational feat, will be added to the Barbie’s ‘Shero’ family, a program recognizing women who break boundaries. The doll, created in her likeness, will be the first Barbie to wear a hijab, important representation for Muslim children everywhere.
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Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie Shero family! The Barbie Shero Program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women. I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero #ibtihajbarbie
The New Jersey native, also recognized as one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People 2016’ recognizes the magnitude and importance of a Barbie wearing a hijab.
“There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before. I’m really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does. 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.” Muhammad tells PeopleStyle.
Ibtihaj Muhammad also worked closely with Mattel to ensure the doll’s body type remained true to her athletic stature and of course, her signature eye liner. Muhammad joins Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and dancer Misty Copeland as those who’s black girl magic has been recreated in doll form for the Shero program.
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” said Sejal Shah Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie. Ibtihaj Muhammad’s Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018.