For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

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Muhammad shared a sweet photo of her holding her very own personalised Barbie doll.

"She's a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal".

Barbie however isn't the only brand that has recognised toy dolls could do with a little diversifying.

Muhammad is not the first woman to have a Barbie doll made in her image, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This doll will be the first officially licensed Barbie in Mattel's history to don a hijab. It also wears a hijab, just like her, making it the first Barbie to ever wear one (Hijarbie isn't by Mattel).

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The doll is modeled after American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first American Olympian to compete in a traditional Muslim headscarf during the 2018 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration for countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can do anything", Miller said, according to USA Today.

The doll is part of the new "Fashionistas" range that features dolls with different body types, skin and eye colours for both Barbie and Ken. "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure". The inspirational and boundary-breaking women, who inspired such dolls, include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is fantastic".

Tweeting about the news, Ibtihaj said it's a childhood dream come true.

"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said.

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