Barbie is getting a decked out new hijabi friend.
Next fall, children around the world can get their hands on their own Barbie version of the American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad — the first female Muslim American to win a medal in the Olympic games.
Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, is rolling out its latest doll as part of their “Shero” line, which showcases female heroines who’ve shattered stigmas, surpassed boundaries or acted as role models.
We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll! Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries. #Shero#YouCanBeAnything#GlamourWOTYpic.twitter.com/oV0e6ClgL6
— Barbie (@Barbie) November 13, 2017
The Olympian pretty much ticks all those boxes, being the first American to compete at the Olympiad in a hijab.
Since then, she’s been a strong advocate for amplifying Black and Muslim voices in the wake of a Trump presidency.
‘We’re not all the negative things that you think’
“People are painting us, as African Americans, in a poor light, painting us as Muslims in a terrible light and it is up to us to show people … we’re not all the negative things that you think we are,” she told HuffPost in an interview in August.
Becoming a new face of Barbie is sure to reshape the conversation.
Muhammad gushed in a tweet saying that she was “proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab.”
Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie#Shero family! 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 😭💘 #sheropic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017
Muhammad killed it at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where she earned her bronze medal as part of Team Sabre for Team USA.
“When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong,” she said, according to Glamour magazine. “For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you.”
Muhammad not only runs the Louella female clothing line but she also works for the Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel