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First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Doll Unveiled

15 November 2017

As reported by People, Muhammad worked with Mattel every step of the way in the design process and said her resemblance to the doll was uncanny.

Muhammad, 31, is well-known for being the first Muslim American to wear a hijab while competing for Team USA at the Olympics. The Muslim Barbie doll will be available online in fall 2018.

The Mattel product is part of the Barbie "Shero" line, which is designed to create new role models for young girls in the form of women who are groundbreakers in different roles of life. It will be released next year.

"To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing", she added.

She further said, "Today I'm proud to know those little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf". "I'm proud that girls from all over the world will be able to play with Barbie, who has made a decision to put her hijab", wrote the athlete at Twitter.

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More than just toys, Muhammed tells ESPN the dolls can be tools to "show children how to embrace what makes them different and to remind them that they're attractive and they can be whatever they want".

The Barbie was unveiled by the company at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit.

Other dolls in the collection include African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, and Ava DuVernay, director of "Selma", a highly-acclaimed film about the USA civil rights movement.

Mattel's "sheroes" program gives the Barbie brand an opportunity to recognize real people who are breaking boundaries with items that are a limited edition commemoration of these women. The new dolls have been credited with helping revive sales. "She's a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal".

"I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in - and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind", she said.

First Hijab-Wearing Barbie Doll Unveiled