Ibtihaj Muhammad and her mini-me. Image Source.
We really wish this badass fencer Barbie, made in the image of Ibtihaj Muhammad, was around when we were kids. The first ever hijab-wearing Barbie has been released in honour of the first-ever Muslim-American woman to compete while wearing a hijab at the Olympics. The “Shero” line doll was unveiled at Glamour’s Woman of the Year summit this week.
“Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman,” Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement.
The doll comes complete with a full fencing outfit, including glove, mask and rapier.
Finally children can act this iconic scene out in real life:
The Olympic bronze medalist was stoked on the fact that young girls now have a more diverse range of Barbies to choose from.
“My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of colour,” Muhammad told the Huffington Post. “So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with. It’s revolutionary to make all kids ― no matter your skin colour, your gender, your ethnicity, your religious beliefs ― feel included.”
“I feel very proud and good about working with a brand that honours not just powerful women and women of colour, but also a brand that honours women who are working to impact the global community, not just today but also in the future.”
Fencer Barbie joins Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas, and Misty Copeland in the Shero line which will be available from 2018.
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