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Barbie reveals first hijab-wearing doll
Tuesday at 2:17 PM

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Growing up in New Jersey, the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad used to fashion tiny hijabs out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they'd look more like her and her sisters.


Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.
Now, Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. It's a feat she described on Monday, when the doll was unveiled, as "amazing."


"When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong," said Muhammad, speaking at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit, where the doll was unveiled. "For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you."


U.S. Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. The doll was unveiled Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
Muhammad became the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing the Islamic head scarf during competitions in Rio de Janeiro last year, winning a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

The daughter of a police detective and a teacher, Muhammad grew up with four siblings in Maplewood and discovered fencing when she was 13 years old, winning medals and accolades until she qualified for the Olympics in 2016. A Duke University graduate, Muhammad has become a role model and an outspoken voice for Muslim women, challenging negative stereotypes and discrimination.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad was presented with the "Breaking Barriers Award" at a parade held in her honor in Maplewood last year. (Photo: Chris Pedota/northjersey.com file photo)

The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique."

"Today I’m proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don’t can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf," she said. "She’s a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal."

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  • EireLass
    Tuesday at 2:34 PM

    Cute! I couldn't find a picture of a label. Do they call her Barbie or does she have a Muslim name, or named after the Olympic girl? (Are all Barbies called Barbie? My daughter wasn't into them)

    I wonder if they'll do a Ken doll.

  • -Celestial-
    Tuesday at 2:36 PM
    Mattel has unveiled the newest Barbie doll in it's "Sheroes" collection, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab -- a first for Barbie.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/first-hijab-wearing-barbie-based-on-olympic-fencer-ibtihaj-muhammad/



    Quoting EireLass:

    Cute! I couldn't find a picture of a label. Do they call her Barbie or does she have a Muslim name, or named after the Olympic girl? (Are all Barbies called Barbie? My daughter wasn't into them)

    I wonder if they'll do a Ken doll.

  • smalltowngal
    Tuesday at 2:37 PM
    I'm thinking they probably wouldn't do a Muslim Ken doll since it's pretty rare for Muslim men in this country to wear any sort of head covering. I'm not sure how you would distinguish it at Muslim. A Sikh Ken might be neat.

    Quoting EireLass:

    Cute! I couldn't find a picture of a label. Do they call her Barbie or does she have a Muslim name, or named after the Olympic girl? (Are all Barbies called Barbie? My daughter wasn't into them)

    I wonder if they'll do a Ken doll.

  • AnotherKim
    Tuesday at 2:41 PM

    Cool   I'm going to have to get one for my collection

  • EireLass
    Tuesday at 2:54 PM

    Oh, I guess you're right. Never really thought about it. But they could give him darker skin....not black, but like this girl perhaps. And a beard, and one of those small crochet style caps. 

    I just googled Ken doll, and alot of really weird images came up. 

    Quoting smalltowngal: I'm thinking they probably wouldn't do a Muslim Ken doll since it's pretty rare for Muslim men in this country to wear any sort of head covering. I'm not sure how you would distinguish it at Muslim. A Sikh Ken might be neat.
    Quoting EireLass:

    Cute! I couldn't find a picture of a label. Do they call her Barbie or does she have a Muslim name, or named after the Olympic girl? (Are all Barbies called Barbie? My daughter wasn't into them)

    I wonder if they'll do a Ken doll.


  • M4LG5
    by M4LG5
    Tuesday at 3:04 PM

    This is very cool!

  • GrayDuck41
    Tuesday at 3:06 PM
    Very pretty!
  • manna080
    Tuesday at 3:11 PM

    I thought it was cool but many of my conservative childhood friends on Facebook not so much.  

  • Lunarprancer
    Tuesday at 3:12 PM

    For the first time ever, Barbie will wear a hijab.

    Mattel, which makes Barbie, announced Monday that the latest doll in its "Shero" collection will be modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. In 2016, Muhammad became the first American to compete in the games while wearing a hijab.

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    "I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true," Muhammad said in a tweet.

    The news was announced at Glamour's Women of the Year summit. The doll will go on sale in 2018.

    Barbie has been working hard to make its collection of dolls more diverse in an effort to broaden the brand's appeal.

    In its most recent quarter, Mattel said Barbie sales were down 6%compared to last year.

    The Shero line, which launched in 2015, includes dolls based on prominent women such as Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay and actress Zendaya.

    In 2016, Barbie rolled out tall, petite and curvy versions of the dolls.

    The company followed suit with Ken dolls earlier this year. Barbie's boyfriend is now available in three body types and seven skin tones.

    "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," Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice president of global marketing, said in a statement

    http://www.kcra.com/article/barbie-reveals-first-hijab-wearing-doll-modeled-after-olympian/13538152

  • Lunarprancer
    Tuesday at 3:13 PM

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