Mattel Just Revealed Their First Hijab-Wearing Barbie

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Muhammad's Barbie doll wears full fencing gear.

"I'm really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does", Muhammad told People.

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"I come from a pretty small sport that a lot of people had the opportunity to learn about last summer at the Olympic games and now to even have fencers in the conversation", she says.

Now, she's inspiring a new Barbie doll - the first Barbie to wear a hijab, according to Mattel.

There's a short wait until the Barbie wearing a hijab will become available in 2018.

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Barbie is making history with its first doll wearing a hijab, the brand announced today. Now, the Olympian says she is elated to have a doll made to her likeness. "I don't think there's anything wrong with little girls wanting to wear makeup or role-play with their dolls-and also for their dolls to be badass sportswoman on the fencing strip, in hijab".

The move comes after Mattel introduced three body types this year for its Ken dolls - slim, broad, or original - and seven skin tones, and nine hairstyles including the man bun in an effort to reach a more diverse audience.

The newest doll in the Barbie family was inspired by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history in 2016 when she became the first member of the US Olympic team to compete in a hijab. "Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shal Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, said in the press release. "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".

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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. And that's something to celebrate.

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