Mattel reveals first hijab wearing Barbie doll

14th Nov 2017

The maker of the world famous Barbie doll has revealed plans to sell a doll modelled on an Olympic fencer in the US who competed while wearing a hijab.

Mattel Inc. has created a doll inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad. She became the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

(image Twitter Barbie account)

On its website, Mattel said the new Barbie is “inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture,” adding it hopes the doll “shows girls they can be anything.”

The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honours women who break boundaries.

Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad, 31, said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”

She described the doll created in her image as a “childhood dream come true.”

 

 

source/ read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/mattel-reveals-first-hijab-wearing-barbie-doll/news-story/

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