Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Just Got Her Very Own Barbie

Emilio Banks
November 15, 2017

We think it's safe to say that this is a childhood dream come true for many hijab-wearing girls out there.

Ibtihaj, who won the bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the first American to wear a hijab while competing.

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.

US Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad holds the hijab-wearing Barbie doll. "Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries". "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". Last year, Mattel modeled a doll after Ashley Graham to "celebrate her pushing boundaries within the fashion industry and promoting the messages of body positivity".

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Of its doll honoring Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mattel said: "As an inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture, we hope this doll shows girls they can be anything".

Speaking at Glamour's Women of the Year Summit, Muhammad said she and her sisters used to sew hijabs for their Barbies while growing up in New Jersey. It was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit in NY on Monday, but it will be on sale to the public in the fall of 2018. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure".

For Muhammad, it was not only important for the doll to have her hijab, but also for it to share her likeness and have her body type. "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". "I feel very proud and good about working with a brand that honors not just powerful women and women of color, but also a brand that honors women who are working to impact the global community, not just today but also in the future".

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