A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.
According to PEOPLE, Muhammad was very involved in the creation of the doll, so aside from the hijab, it has her fencing uniform, mask and sabre, her signature winged liner, her muscular legs and her Nikes. "Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries", the brand wrote in the caption. The one-of-a-kind Barbie will be available for purchase in 2018.
"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", she said in a statement. "I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle".
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The company followed suit with Ken dolls earlier this year. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.
The Barbie of the new millennium provides a more accurate depiction of the shapes and sizes of real women, as well as depicting women of color who exist beyond the white, blonde archetype. "By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything".
Glamour called Muhammad "a modern American woman" for her ability to challenge multiple stereotypes in her life.
Barbie is breaking her mold yet again! "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said.
The company was created in recent years to promote "inclusion, tolerance and diversity through exposure" to Muslim fashion. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab". The first is to make "playtime more inclusive", all the while "getting children accustomed to seeing headscarves in order to help fight stigma". "There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before". You may remember the new Barbie inspiration from when, in 2016, she became the first woman to wear a hijab during the Olympic games. And that's something to celebrate.
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