Professional fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad first made international headlines in 2016 when she scooped bronze at the Summer Olympics. She became the very first Muslim-American to win any medal at the Olympics, as well the first Muslim-American to wear a hijab while competing for team USA. Since then, she’s become an inspiration to thousands of young girls, so it seems fitting that she’s been immortalised by Mattel. That’s right – Ibtihaj is the inspiration behind the latest Barbie, which comes complete with a hijab and fencing attire.
This is the very first time Mattel will be making a hijab-wearing Barbie. The new doll, which will go on sale in early 2018, will form a part of the brand’s ’shero’ collection. Other women to be honoured in the ‘shero’ collection include US gymnast Gabby Douglas, director Ava Duvernay, plus-sized model Ashley Graham and ballerina Misty Copeland.
Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! 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 pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017
We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll! Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries. #Shero #YouCanBeAnything #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/oV0e6ClgL6
— Barbie (@Barbie) November 13, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 6, 2015