Barbie's Newest Model is Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

Barbie's Newest Model is Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

Barbie's Newest Model is Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

"I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in-and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind", Muhammed told People.

Barbie announced at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit on Monday that Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad would be the next woman to be honored with a Barbie in her image for the doll's "Shero" line, a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.

American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.

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There's a short wait until the Barbie wearing a hijab will become available in 2018. One small-plastic-shoe-clad step for Barbie; one giant leap for mankind.

Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of the Barbie Shero program, which "recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls". 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.

Ibtihaj made sure her doll wears her signature eyeliner, which she likes to wear while competing as well as while running errands, and had a realistic body shape. Muhammad was presented this doll by last year's Shero, body activist and model, Ashley Graham.

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Muhammad, who ranked among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2016 and has gone on to start a line of clothing, Louella, for the modest fashion industry, said the new doll means the fulfillment of a childhood dream. "I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote on Twitter.

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It is not the first time Mattel, which is now facing financial difficulties, has honored an American Olympian with a doll. "What I love most about this moment is that young girls in the future will be able to see that representation on a shelf when they walk into a toy store that has never been there before".

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In addition to her hijab, Muhammad's doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protective mask to athletic shoes, celebrating the Olympic athlete's inspiring physical achievements.

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