First hijab-wearing Barbie doll presented in USA

Shining star The 30-year-old plus-size model showed off a glimpse of her toned tummy in a cropped white T-shirt and a long black glittery wrap skirt with silver high heels

The hijab - one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture - is becoming increasingly popular with Western businesses, from hijab-wearing models in top fashion magazines to Apple's recently launched emoji character in a hijab. In early 2017, Barbie rolled out their 'Fashionistas' range featuring dolls with different body types and a selection of skin and eye colours for both Barbie and Ken. "So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with".

This year's recipient, Muhammad, was honoured as the first woman to wear a hijab while competing at the Olympic Games.

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. But this is more than a special-edition doll: It's the first-ever Barbie to wear a hijab, which makes it a crucial win for inclusivity and representation. "So to be in this moment, as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a global brand, diversify their toy line to include a Barbie doll that wears a hijab is very moving to me", Muhammad said Monday night, as reported by AP.

Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and Selma director Ava DuVernay.




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

Mattel's "Sheroes" line aims to recognize female heroes who "inspire girls by breaking boundaries".

"I can't believe this is happening honestly", Muhammad told HuffPost.

Muhammad's Shero doll will be available for purchase in 2018. I'm also really big into eyeliner. "My mom wanted us to play with dolls that looked like us".

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