Barbie dolls have been a staple of toy stores for decades, and their popularity refuses to take a dip. The company that makes Barbie, Mattel, recently announced it will be creating dolls that are more diverse and are modeled after inspirational women. To that end, the company is releasing the first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll. The doll was created in honor of American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.
In case you are unfamiliar with Ibtihaj Muhammad, she competed in the Rio Olympics and earned a bronze medal for fencing. Throughout her competitions, she wore a traditional Islamic headscarf. Muhammad said the release of this doll is a “childhood dream come true.”
“When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong,” Muhammad said. “For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you.”
Muhammad admits that when she was a child, she would create tiny hijabs for her dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters, but now she won’t have to!
The Barbie doll was unveiled at the Glamour Women Of The Year Summit.