Barbie’s latest “Shero” is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Muhammad made historical past in 2016 as the primary American athlete to compete within the Olympics whereas sporting a hijab, and now she’s breaking boundaries once more as the primary hijab-wearing Barbie doll.
The announcement was made at Glamour‘s “Woman of the Year” summit, the place final yr’s “Shero” Ashley Graham introduced Muhammad with the brand new doll, in keeping with a press launch from Barbie.
Muhammad tweeted that it was a “childhood dream come true” to have a Barbie made in her picture.
Muhammad received to tour the Mattel manufacturing facility to see how her Barbie doll is made.
She mentioned she was by no means capable of finding dolls that appeared like her when she was rising up.
“This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere,” Muhammad defined to Glamour.
In addition to her hijab, Muhammad’s doll is decked out in full fencing attire- from protecting masks to athletic sneakers, celebrating the Olympic athlete’s inspiring bodily achievements.
It hasn’t been simple for Muhammad to get to the place she is at present. She informed Glamour that some individuals within the fencing world made her really feel like she did not belong. The completed athlete even had a tough time registering for SXSW when one volunteer insisted that she take away her hijab for her ID photograph.
Barbie hopes to embrace Muhammad’s variations with its new doll.
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Vice President of Global Marketing Sejal Shah Miller defined within the firm’s press launch. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
As a Barbie “Shero,” Muhammad joins the ranks of Gabby Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Misty Copeland, amongst many different completed girls, who’ve all been honored with Barbie dolls of their very own.
The doll will go on sale to the general public in 2018.