First Muslim Barbie Doll Wears Hijab, Inspired by US Olympic Fencer

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll made in her likeness as she attends the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn New York U.S

"Perfect hijab moment right here, this is fantastic", Muhammed said as she beheld the doll for the first time at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit, her likeness clad in a white fencing uniform and clutching a sword and helmet.

Manufacturer of the Barbie doll, Matell Inc. launched its latest figurine inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in the 2016 Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Mattel made history on Monday by unveiling the first-ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll.

Muhammad's excitement can be seen in her recent Instagram post. Mattel hopes that the move will inspire marginalized groups to grow up in a healthy manner that normalizes the differences that make them unique. She won bronze at the Olympics.

MAT stock gained 6.4% on Tuesday.

Muhammed said she played with Barbies until she was a teenager, but none of the dolls looked like her, so she resorted to sewing mini hijabs onto them.

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Matell also took Barbie World by storm in 2016 with a new line of dolls that come in all shapes and sizes.

"I think it would be cool to have Malala have a Barbie doll".

"We want to highlight women that align with our objective, and inspire youngsters to strive for limitless potential", Miller added.

At the time, Mattel had delivered on Copeland's request that the dolls designed after her should "really reflect a dancer's body and also not shy away from the fact that I have muscular calves, hips, a bust, and brown skin", the New Yorker reported. In May, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas was recognized with her own "Shero" doll.

The Olympian helped design the doll, which won't be released to the public in the fall of 2019. "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".

"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!".

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