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15 November 2017, 01:26 | Ruben Stone
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Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.
Muhammad became the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing the Islamic head scarf during competitions in Rio de Janeiro a year ago, winning a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.
The most recent addition to the "Shero" Barbie family is a hijab-wearing Barbie dedicated to Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab. "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". The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls.
Of its doll honoring Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mattel said: "As an inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture, we hope this doll shows girls they can be anything".
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Ms Muhammad said on Twitter that she was "proud" that young people will be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"
Clad in fencing gear and a head scarf, the doll was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit. Announcing a new doll, the company just unveiled its latest product, the Hijab-wearing doll as part of its annual Shero program. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more.
"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", Muhammad added. So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. "I come from a pretty small sport that a lot of people had the opportunity to learn about last summer at the Olympic games and now to even have fencers in the conversation", she says. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".
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