Ibtihaj Muhammad was presented with the "Breaking Barriers Award" at a parade held in her honor in Maplewood previous year. This is for the first time in the brand's 58-year history that a Barbie is wearing a hijab. "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".
The Olympic fencer was the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab, an Islamic head scarf, during competition. The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab - a first for Barbie.
"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote in her caption.
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The first hijab-wearing Barbie doll has been released to honour a fencer who became the first USA woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics.
The Barbie Sheros lineup, unveiled in 2015, included (from left) Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Ava DuVernay, Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, Kristin Chenoweth and Eva Chen. As Muhammad explained in her most recent Instagram caption, the Barbie Shero Program honors women who "break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls". So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure.
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"I'm excited to just partner with a brand that I know honours powerful women who are breaking barriers and whose sole goal is to impact the future leaders of tomorrow", Muhammad told PeopleStyle on Monday. I'm also really big into eyeliner.
Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.
"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said.
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