Barbie Has Released A Doll That Wears A Hijab Modeled On An Olympian

Barbie Has Released A Doll That Wears A Hijab Modeled On An Olympic Champion

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Almost every little girl today has at least one Barbie doll in her collection of toys.

Normally, Barbie has been known to have a really slim figure, blonde hair and blue eyes.

However, Mattel has recently been working on their line in various directions, introducing dolls of different body shapes and races in the past few years.

They certainly don’t fail to surprise us with their new choice of doll accessories and colors. The doll they are about to release wears a hijab!

Mattel announced that they will be releasing a new doll as part of their Shero collection and they did so at the Glamour Women of the Year event which took place on November 13th in New York City.

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Just like almost every other doll has been modeled after someone, this doll is modeled after US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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The New Jersey-born sabre fencer was the first U.S Olympic athlete to compete while wearing a hijab during the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Muhammad was the first female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics when she won bronze as part of Team USA in the Team Sabre competition.

Thanks to her, the newest Barbie doll will be the first to wear a hijab!

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This latest Barbie will join other “Sheroes” including Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Gabby Douglas, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, and Kristin Chenoweth.

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This is what the 31-year-old Muhammad wrote on Instagram: “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.”

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This is a big achievement for the company. With the release of dolls which represent different body shapes and races, they are making a huge step forward and setting an example for others to follow.

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Children should have the opportunity to play with dolls that reflect them and represent who they want to become when they grow up. And after all, who wouldn’t want to play with a doll who is a world-class fencing champion?

From: diply

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