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THE maker of the world fa­mous Bar­bie doll has re­vealed plans to sell a doll mod­elled on an Olympic fencer in the US who com­peted wear­ing a hi­jab.

Mat­tel has cre­ated a doll in­spired by Ibti­haj Muham­mad. She be­came the first Amer­i­can to com­pete at the Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab, and won a bronze medal in fenc­ing at the 2016 Rio Games.

On its web­site, Mat­tel said the new doll is “in­spi­ra­tion for count­less lit­tle girls who never saw them­selves rep­re­sented in sports and cul­ture”, adding it hopes the doll “shows girls they can be any­thing”.

The doll is part of the Bar­bie “Shero” line that hon­ours women who break bound­aries. Ms Muham­mad, 31, said on Twit­ter that she was “proud” that young peo­ple will be able to play with “a Bar­bie who chooses to wear hi­jab!”

Ms Muham­mad with the doll

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