Ever hijab-wearing Barbie will honor Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ever hijab-wearing Barbie will honor Ibtihaj Muhammad

"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf", she said. Now that Mattel has made a doll for girls like her, Muhammad knows it will make a difference: "I hope that little girls of color across the heartland will be inspired to embrace what makes them unique", she said of girls who will play with this Barbie.

Mattel is officially coming out with its first hijab-wearing Barbie!

Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall.

Ibtihaj Muhammad visited the Mattel factory when the doll was being designed, but the Glamour Women of the Year event was the first time that she had seen the doll as a finished product and she could barely contain her excitement.

While wearing her traditional Islamic hijab, Muhammad competed as a sabre fencer in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Other "Sheroes" include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristen Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland, and Ava DuVernay. The history-making doll will be based on an equally inspirational woman: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

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"I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in-and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind", Muhammed told People.

The bronze medalist, who will receive a doll in her likeness as early as 2018, issued a statement on the importance of the gesture, announced at Glamour's Women of the Year LIVE summit (check out our live coverage by senior writer Cortney Clift!). Last year, the brand famously introduced new dolls in three different body types to reflect real women and girls, in diverse skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, and face shapes. She is also the driving force behind the Louella clothing line, which aims for fashion that combines vibrant looks with Muslims' needs for floor-length and long-sleeved dresses for modesty.

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

Shejah Shal Miller, the vice-president of global marketing for Barbie, spoke about the company's decision to honor Muhammad.

Unfortunately though, if you were looking to get this particular Barbie for your child this Christmas, they'll have to wait until the next holiday season.

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