Bar­bie will wear hi­jab

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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

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

On its web­site, Mat­tel said the new Bar­bie 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.”

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