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NJ Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad inspires first hijab-wearing Barbie

NJ Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad inspires first hijab-wearing Barbie

The company made the doll in honor of Olympic Bronze medalist and sabre competitor Ibtihaj Muhammad, who wore her hijab at the Rio Olympic games in 2016, reports People.

The first U.S. woman to compete at the Olympics in a hijab, Muhammad won bronze at last year's games in Rio.

"Barbie dolls were a really important part of the way my sisters and I played together", she told the audience at the Glamour Magazine event. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed.

Other prominent women who were honoured through the "Sheroes" line include Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay and actress Zendaya.

Ibtihaj Muhammad attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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"I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in - and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind", Muhammad added.

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.

Barbie is now donning the hijab! In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique". But that wait is worth it for the all girls who will finally see themselves represented in Mattel's famous toy-just ask Muhammad. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle, and now I have my own doll wearing a hijab that the next generation of girls can use to play out their own dreams".

There's a short wait until the Barbie wearing a hijab will become available in 2018.


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