Barbie reveals first hijab-wearing doll inspired by trailblazing United States fencer

Calvin Saunders
November 15, 2017

A Barbie doll wearing the hijab will appear in the United States.

The new doll is the newest addition, which honours admirable women and their achievements.

A Barbie doll based on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will be the first of the toy line to wear a hijab, according to USA Today.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs", Muhammad said.

Ibtihaj, celebrated to the news on Instagram as well.

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"

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Ibtihaj Muhammad was presented with the "Breaking Barriers Award" at a parade held in her honor in Maplewood a year ago.

Muhammad, who was presented with her doll at Glamour's 2017 Women of the Year Summit, hopes this historic moment will inspire the next generation of girls to live fearlessly.

"Through playing with Barbie", Muhammad said in a statement to Bustle, "I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become". It's part of the Barbie "Shero" (female hero) line, which also includes stars such as Ava DuVernay and Kristin Chenoweth.

The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. The verse where it is used literally is commonly understood to refer to the curtain separating visitors to Muhammad's house from his wives' lodgings.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said. The limited-edition dolls will be for sale in 2018 and this new doll is expected to be a hot seller.

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is breaking all barriers. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

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