The First-Ever Hijab-Wearing Barbie is Designed After Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Posted November 15, 2017

The doll is modeled after American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first American Olympian to compete in a traditional Muslim headscarf during the 2018 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of male adults outside of their immediate family and it usually covers the head and chest areas.

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the USA and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics. The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab - a first for Barbie. Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood.

Speaking to People, Muhammad said she was excited about working with Mattel because it works hard to promote strong women and inspire future generations.

Muhammad's doll has a sabre and fencing uniform, athletic legs, and even her style of eyeliner.

Tweeting about the news, Ibtihaj said it's a childhood dream come true. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is incredible". But that wait is worth it for the all girls who will finally see themselves represented in Mattel's famous toy-just ask Muhammad.

The first Barbie was created in 1959 by Handler, after Ruth watched her daughter play with paper dolls.

Mattel, the company that manufactures the famous range of dolls, says the hijab-wearing Barbie will be available online next spring in Australia. "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you".