Barbie wears hijab, doll modeled after Olympian fencer

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 15, 2017

"Perfect hijab moment right here, this is unbelievable", Muhammed said as she beheld the doll for the first time at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit, her likeness clad in a white fencing uniform and clutching a sword and helmet.

"The Barbie Shero Program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women", Muhammad wrote on Instagram.

Muhammed said she played with Barbies until she was a teenager, but none of the dolls looked like her, so she resorted to sewing mini hijabs onto them.

"When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn't belong", Muhammad said, the Guardian reported.

The doll which was launched on Monday will be available online by autumn 2018. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". I hadn't thought about toys. Girls were saying Barbie wasn't as cool as it used to be.

The Barbie was unveiled by the company at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit.

"By honouring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything". "The brand is continuing to listen and make sure that it's reflecting the world and trends".

The Olympian helped design the doll, which won't be released to the public in the fall of 2019. In 2016, Muhammad became the first American to compete in the games while wearing a hijab.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Barbie's vice-president of marketing, Sejal Shah Miller, said in a statement.

It's true that many women are forced to wear a hijab in certain countries, and I would never endorse such a mandate (I would also not endorse banning the hijab as that is the same limitation on human rights), but it's also true that many women do choose to wear the traditional religious garb.

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