Dolled up,the first Bar­bie to wear a hi­jab

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Emily Kent Smith

BAR­BIES aren’t known for cov­er­ing up, but this doll breaks with the trend in rather dra­matic fash­ion.

The first Bar­bie to wear a hi­jab was un­veiled yes­ter­day to hon­our an ath­lete who wore one at the Olympics.

Fencer Ibtihaj Muham­mad said she was ‘proud’ that chil­dren would play with a ‘Bar­bie who chooses to wear a hi­jab’, adding that as a girl she would put the Is­lamic gar­ment on her toys.

It chal­lenges stereo­types as­so­ci­ated with Mat­telowned Bar­bie, which has of­ten at­tracted crit­i­cism for mak­ing its dolls too thin or overly sex­u­alised.

The doll is wear­ing makeup sim­i­lar to many Bar­bies and comes with a full fenc­ing suit in­clud­ing a mask and foil. Miss Muham­mad, 31, be­came the first Amer­i­can Olympian to com­pete in a hi­jab dur­ing last year’s Rio games when she took home a bronze medal.

Speak­ing to Glam­our mag­a­zine in New York, the New Jer­sey-born star de­scribed the cre­ation of a Bar­bie in her name as a ‘child­hood dream come true’. The doll, which will be on sale from late next year in the US, is part of Bar­bie’s Sheroes line, mean­ing fe­male heroes, cre­ated to hon­our women who break bound­aries.

Miss Muham­mad said: ‘I had so many mo­ments as an ath­lete, where I didn’t feel in­cluded, where I was of­ten in spa­ces where there was a lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion. So to be in this mo­ment, as a US Olympian, to have Mat­tel, such a global brand, di­ver­sify their toy line to in­clude a Bar­bie doll that wears a hi­jab, is very mov­ing to me.’

Di­verse: The Is­lamic Bar­bie doll

Role model: Muham­mad

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