Hi­jab-wear­ing Olympian now a Bar­bie doll

The Detroit News - - Front Page -

— The maker of Bar­bie has an­nounced it will sell a doll mod­eled af­ter Ibtihaj Muham­mad, an Amer­i­can fencer who com­peted in last year’s Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab.

Mat­tel Inc. said the doll will be avail­able on­line next fall. The doll is part of the Bar­bie “Shero” line that hon­ors women who break bound­aries. Past dolls have in­cluded gym­nast Gabby Dou­glas and “Selma” di­rec­tor Ava DuVer­nay.

“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,” Muham­mad said Mon­day night at the Glam­our Women of the Year gala in New York. “So to be in this mo­ment, as a U.S. 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.”

Muham­mad, the first Amer­i­can to com­pete at the Olympics while wear­ing a hi­jab, won a bronze medal in fenc­ing at the 2016 Rio Games.

Evan Agos­tini / In­vi­sion/AP

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muham­mad holds a Bar­bie doll made in her like­ness.

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