By Sarah Ploof
November 16, 2017
Mattel, the maker of Barbie, announced that it is making a new addition to the Barbie family.
The newest Barbie will wear a hijab, and is modeled after the United States Olympic Fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammad was the first American to compete wearing this traditional Muslim veil in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The makers of Barbie released petite, tall and curvy Barbies in 2016. This year Ken dolls are also available in three body types, and seven skin tones. This is all in an effort to make Barbies more relatable to children.
“Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything,” Sejal Shah Miller (Barbie’s Vice President of global marketing) said in a statement.
Muhammad tweeted “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true.”
The doll comes dressed in a fencing uniform and proudly sports the hijab. The doll is set to go on sale in 2018.