Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American Muslim woman to win a bronze medal in sabre fencing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Barbie is now donning the hijab!
Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and emoji smartphone symbols.
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"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear a hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a head scarf", Muhammad said.
Muhammad joins an impressive roster of other "Sheroes" including Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay and calls the opportunity "super humbling". "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said.
The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.
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Something that she made sure her doll featured was a realistic sense of her body type and her signature eye liner.
"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", the 31-year-old New Jersey native said. "I want to challenge the misconceptions not only outside the Muslim community, but also within the Muslim community".
She was presented with the doll by last year's victor, body activist and model Ashley Graham. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete.
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