- Mattel unveiled the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll
- The doll was made in the likeness of American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad
- The latest doll in Mattel’s “Shero” line will be available for purchase in 2018
Mattel Inc., the maker of iconic Barbie dolls, unveiled the first hijab-wearing doll in the likeness of American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad at the 2017 Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit on Monday, November 13.
The hijab-wearing Barbie doll is the latest doll in Mattel’s “Shero” (female hero) line; the company’s program that celebrates women intended to inspire the next generation.
“We are celebrating Ibtijah Muhammad as the latest Barbie Shero by unveiling one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit as an inspiration for countless of little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture. We hope this doll shows girls they can be anything,” Mattel said in a statement published on its website.
Muhammad, the first-ever American Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab, thanked Mattel for making her the newest member of the Barbie Shero family.
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