Barbie Unveils New Doll Wearing A Hijab

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Mattel, the American toy manufacturing company, has released a new hijab-wearing Barbie doll in tribute to fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim-American to don the traditional Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics.

According to Mattel's website, the line which was launched in 2015 was meant to recognise female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.

Other athletes with their own Barbie dolls include Gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas, soccer player Abby Wambach and ballerina Misty Copeland, all part of the Shero line of dolls. "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said.

She also told reporters that as a child, she used to make hijabs for her Barbies out of tissue, and said that she hoped the new doll made in her likeness would inspired little girls of colour "to embrace what makes them unique".

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Ms Muhammad said on Twitter that she was "proud" that young people will be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you", Muhammad said in a speech at Glamour's Women of the Year summit, where the doll was unveiled, USA Today reported. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "It's so cool to see myself in this little doll form with my fencing uniform on".

Something that she made sure her doll featured was a realistic sense of her body type and her signature eye liner.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", Muhammad added.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs. Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab".

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