Now, Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. Ashley Graham, who debuted her own Barbie at last year's Women of the Year Summit, helped introduce the new doll. and the whole exchange gave us a lot of feelings. "What I love most about this moment is that young girls in the future will be able to see that representation on a shelf when they walk into a toy store that has never been there before".
"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said.
"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear a hijab, and just as powerfully, those that don't, can play with a Barbie in a headscarf", Ibtihaj tells Teen Vogue. There is now a line of dolls with careers such as veterinarian, pilot, firefighter, and business woman. Barbie also tweeted a preview of the doll.
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Muhammad described the doll created in her image as a "childhood dream come true".
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Ultimately, Muhammad was a flawless choice for Mattel to immortalize in their iconic doll for this year's Shero lineup. "Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype - which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement.
The Olympian worked with Mattel to design the doll, according to People. Pittsburgh-based company Hello Hjiab, for instance, has made a business in producing and selling small hijabs that fit on Barbies and similar-sized dolls.
While it's groundbreaking that Mattel is getting on board with this mission through Muhammad's doll, it still took a long time for Muslim women to be represented through Barbie.
"Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries", Mattel wrote on its social media accounts, accompanied by a photo of Muhammad holding the doll. Now, she's making history again by teaming up with Mattel to create a Barbie designed after her. And that's something to celebrate.