Mattel Releases Hijab-Wearing Barbie Inspired by Olympic Fencer


"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", Muhammad said in the USA Today report.

But there's one thing Barbie hasn't done until now - worn a hijab, or Islamic headscarf or covering.

Muhammad told HuffPost that this moment is surreal for her since Barbie was such a big part of her life growing up. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the US and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics. Now, she hopes that her own Barbie doll will inspire children of color across the country to "embrace what makes them unique". Last year, Mattel modeled a doll after Ashley Graham to "celebrate her pushing boundaries within the fashion industry and promoting the messages of body positivity".

Barbie has released its first doll wearing a Hijab on Monday to honour American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

The Barbie Sheros lineup, unveiled in 2015, included (from left) Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Ava DuVernay, Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, Kristin Chenoweth and Eva Chen. "Ideal hijab moment right here-this is awesome", she exclaimed. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab". On Tuesday, she said being turned into a Barbie was "a childhood dream come true".

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