First hijab wearing Barbie doll: The manufacture of the Barbie Doll has revealed its latest figurine in inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab. Mattel Inc said the doll will be available online next Autumn. Mattel, the US toy company that introduced Barbie in 1959, announced the doll with the Islamic hijab. 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 said on Twitter that she was ‘proud’ that young people will be able to play with ‘a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!’Muhammad grew up in New Jersey, with African-American parents also born in the US and who converted in Islam.She took up fencing at school, aged 13. Muhammad part of the US fencing team and the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.
Muhammad is also a sports ambassador and works on the US State Department’s Empowering women and girls through sports initiative. She also runs a clothing company, named Louella, which she set up with her siblings. It manufactures modest clothes for women.
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