Come true dream, - commented on the cooperation of Muhammad. The prototype of the doll is the USA fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who, performing in a Muslim headdress, became the bronze medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
It also wears a hijab, just like her, making it the first Barbie to ever wear one (Hijarbie isn't by Mattel). The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab - a first for Barbie. Proud that the girls will now be able to play with a Barbie who wears the hijab!
Other dolls in the collection include African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. "And that's what Mattel wants-they want women who are championing their differences", Graham said. "I just love it", she said.
A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.
The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head. Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup.
"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.
As Muhammad notes to People, "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool".