Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad continues to make historical past.
In 2016, she was the primary U.S. Olympic athlete to compete sporting a hijab on the Rio video games. Now, she’s consultant of girls and women who select to put on a hijab by means of her very personal Barbie doll.
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People reported one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in Muhammad’s likeness debuted at Monday’s Glamour Women of the Year Live Summit.
Thank you @Mattel for saying me as the most recent member of the @Barbie #Shero household! I’m proud to know that little women in all places can now play with a Barbie who chooses to put on hijab! This is a childhood dream come true ?? #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017
At the summit, Glamour reported Muhammad may hardly include herself when she noticed her Barbie.
“I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m so excited!” she stated. “Perfect hijab second proper right here, that is wonderful.”
“I hope that little girls of color across the heartland will be inspired to embrace what makes them unique,” she stated.
Muhammad joins quite a lot of historical past making ladies who’ve had particular Shero Barbie dolls made of their likeness, together with mannequin Ashley Graham and Misty Copeland in 2016 and director Ava Duvernay in 2015.
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“I’m excited to just partner with a brand that I know honors powerful women who are breaking barriers and whose sole goal is to impact the future leaders of tomorrow,” Muhammad advised People. “To be included in this conversation is very humbling, and I’m over the moon about this whole thing.”
Like Graham earlier than her, Muhammad made certain the doll represented her in physique form and in her make-up. The sabre fencer is understood for her signature eyeliner.
“I know that as an athlete I have larger legs — these strong legs that we use, especially fencers, to propel ourselves into lunges — and it was important for me to have my doll be as close to my likeness as possible. So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure. I’m also really big to into eyeliner,” she stated. “I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the perfect winged liner and also to wear a hijab.”
A view of the Ibtihaj Muhammad barbie on show throughout Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City.
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Although some previous Sheroes have been restricted in launch and others not launched to the general public, Muhammad’s doll will probably be launched to the general public in fall 2018.