Barbie's first hijab: Meet the new Ibtihaj Muhammad doll

Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie doll

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in 2016 when she became the first member of the U.S. Olympic team to compete in hijab.

Barbie announced at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit on Monday that Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad would be the next woman to be honored with a Barbie in her image for the doll's "Shero" line, a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.

Now Muhammad, who grew up in Essex County, New Jersey, is making history again as Mattel unveils a new doll inspired by the athlete.

As part of Mattel's "Shero" line, which honors heroes like Ava DuVernay, Muhammad will get her very own doll.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie Sejal Shah Miller said in a press release. But that wait is worth it for the all girls who will finally see themselves represented in Mattel's famous toy-just ask Muhammad.

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A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.

"When I was growing up, I didn't have many options of dolls that looked like me", said Muhammad at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit. "I don't think there's anything wrong with little girls wanting to wear makeup or role-play with their dolls-and also for their dolls to be badass sportswoman on the fencing strip, in hijab".

According to Mattel, the "Sheros" program was created to honor women who break boundaries.

Congrats to Ibtihaj Muhammad! The new Barbie will be the first of its kind to wear a hijab. "Hijarbie" creator Haneefa Adam made headlines earlier this year for dressing up Barbies in hand-made hijabs and modest clothing to make them more relatable for Muslim girls who dressed the same way. That's just another reason that she is a flawless choice for the Shero Barbie honor. "I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!" she exclaimed.

Though Muslim women will no doubt be elated to have an official hijab-wearing Barbie, hijab-wearing women haven't been waiting for Mattel to include them in official Barbie fashions.

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