For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

For The First Time Ever, Mattel Are Releasing A Hijab-Wearing Barbie

We think it's safe to say that this is a childhood dream come true for many hijab-wearing girls out there.

The fencer, known as the first US athlete to compete in a hijab, met her Barbie replica at the at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2017.

Barbie and Mattel have been shifting their image to become more racially diverse via their You Can Be Anything campaign.

It also wears a hijab, just like her, making it the first Barbie to ever wear one (Hijarbie isn't by Mattel).

The doll was released as part of the Sheroes series, which is dedicated to women, who inspire girls and "expand boundaries" of opportunities around the world. Proud that the girls will now be able to play with a Barbie who wears the hijab! "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said.

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said.

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"I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation", Muhammad said Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in NY.

Speaking at Glamour's Women of the Year Summit, Muhammad said she and her sisters used to sew hijabs for their Barbies while growing up in New Jersey.

While on stage at the Glamour's Women Of The Year event, Muhammad and Graham compared their dolls' thick legs - which differ from the traditional appearance of Barbie dolls' slender frames. It also includes a fencing uniform with her name on it, a fencing mask, and a sabre.

Ms Muhammad is also a sports ambassador and works on the US State Department's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice-president of marketing, told Bustle in a statement.

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