Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear hijab

Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear hijab

Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear hijab

"For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you". Thankfully, in recent years they've begun to change that typical image by introducing dolls with different interests and backgrounds.

The hijab - one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture - is becoming increasingly popular with Western businesses, from hijab-wearing models in top fashion magazines to Apple's recently launched emoji character in a hijab. On Tuesday, she said being turned into a Barbie was "a childhood dream come true".

While on stage at the Glamour's Women Of The Year event, Muhammad and Graham compared their dolls' thick legs - which differ from the traditional appearance of Barbie dolls' slender frames. "I know as a kid I was bullied for having larger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my body and to love my body and the strength that it could produce". I'm really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does.

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Muhammad joins a number of history making women who have had special "Shero" Barbie dolls made in their likeness, including model Ashley Graham and Misty Copeland in 2016 and director Ava DuVernay in 2015. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed. "I played with Barbie for a long time, what some people may call an uncomfortably long time", she joked. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented".

"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", she said. "So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with".

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