Olympian fencer inspires Barbie's first hijab-wearing doll

  • Wednesday 15, November 2017 in 11:27 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honor an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and ‘emoji’ smartphone symbols.
Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year as the first U.S. Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russia. 
 
 “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 Olympian posted on Twitter late Monday.
 
The hijab-wearing Barbie, produced by company Mattel, is part of Barbie’s “Shero” line which recognizes women “who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls”, and will go on sale in 2018, the company said.