Barbie for the win.
Barbie announced the release of a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, the American fencer who wore a hijab while competing in the Olympics in Rio in 2016. She won bronze. I know in theory that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but breaking barriers is a big deal people.
The doll will be part of the “Shero” line of doll modeled after women who break boundaries. AWESOME.
Muhammad, who was at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in New York on Monday night, said,
“I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn’t feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of 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.”
“There was so much about the doll that was important to me. I know as a kid I was bullied for having larger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my body and to love my body and the strength that it could produce. I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs. And I am very into eyeliner, so I wanted a strong-winged cat eye. And Mattel listened to everything, everything even down to the fabric of the hijab.”