[Black Girls Rock] The New Barbie Wears A Hijab, Modeled After US Olympic Fencer, Ibtihaj Mohammad

Representation matters, this is one of such cases. Barbie is set to release its first hijab-wearing character in 2018, a doll based on African-American Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad...

Mattel (MAT), which makes Barbie, announced Monday that the latest doll in its “Shero” collection will be modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. In 2016, Muhammad became the first American to compete in the games while wearing a hijab.

“I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true,” Muhammad said in a tweet.

The news was announced at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit. The doll will go on sale in 2018.

Barbie has been working hard to make its collection of dolls more diverse in an effort to broaden the brand’s appeal.

A hearty congratulations to Ibtihaj and girls everwhere who wear hijabs. #RepresentationMatters


The first hijabi @barbie doll is red carpet ready for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards ❤️ #girlgang #barbie

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