First hi­jab-wear­ing Bar­bie to honor US fencer Ibti­haj Muham­mad

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NEW YORK: Amer­i­can group Mat­tel un­veiled its first ever hi­jab-wear­ing Bar­bie doll in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibti­haj Muham­mad, who in 2016 be­came the first Amer­i­can Olympian to wear a head­scarf while com­pet­ing.

The doll, part of the toy­maker´s "Sheroes" col­lec­tion, is dressed in fenc­ing gear as well as the hi­jab.

It will be on sale on­line from 2018, a spokes­woman told AFP.

"We are so ex­cited to honor Ibti­haj Muham­mad with a one-of-a-kind Bar­bie doll! Ibti­haj con­tin­ues to in­spire women and girls every­where to break bound­aries," Mat­tel wrote on its so­cial me­dia ac­counts, ac­com­pa­nied by a photo of Muham­mad hold­ing the doll.

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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