New Bar­bie wears hi­jab


NEW YORK: The maker of Bar­bie says it will sell a doll mod­elled af­ter Ibti­haj Muham­mad, an Amer­i­can fencer who com­peted in last year’s Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab. Mat­tel Inc says the doll will be avail­able on­line next au­tumn. The doll is part of the Bar­bie “Shero” line that hon­ours women who break bound­aries. Past dolls have in­cluded gym­nast Gabby Dou­glas and “Selma” di­rec­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay. Muham­mad (pic­tured) said on Twit­ter that she was “proud” that young peo­ple will be able to play with “a Bar­bie who chooses to wear hi­jab!”

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