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Barbie Releases Its First Doll Wearing A Hijab

Barbie Releases Its First Doll Wearing A Hijab

The doll was unveiled at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit in NY.

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

The athlete worked with Mattel every step of the way in the design process and says her resemblance to the doll is uncanny.

Muhammad's doll has a sabre and fencing uniform, athletic legs, and even her style of eyeliner.

Muhammad became the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing the Islamic head scarf during competitions in Rio de Janeiro past year, winning a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event. "I feel very proud and good about working with a brand that honors not just powerful women and women of color, but also a brand that honors women who are working to impact the global community, not just today but also in the future".

Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio a year ago as the first U.S. Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russian Federation. She's the latest honoree in the Barbie hero program which recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls.

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The Barbie Sheros lineup, unveiled in 2015, included (from left) Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Ava DuVernay, Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, Kristin Chenoweth and Eva Chen.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic games".

Mattel say the doll will be available to buy next year.

"Barbie dolls were a really important part of the way my sisters and I played together", she told the audience at the Glamour Magazine event. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is awesome". "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".

The medalist sent a tweet about her Barbie doll, calling it a "dream come true".


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