Even Barbie has given into the many temptations of cultural appropriation. The first Hijab sporting barbie in its 58-year history was modeled after U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad who became the first competitor to wear a hijab during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The doll was unveiled at the Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, to mark Barbie’s celebration of groundbreaking women. It is designed in the Olympian image of Muhammad who is a world-class sabre fencer, and a member of the United States fencing team.
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Sejal Shal Miller, Barbie’s Vice President of Global Marketing, said in a press release. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
“I’m excited to just partner with a brand that I know honors powerful women who are breaking barriers and whose sole goal is to impact the future leaders of tomorrow,” Muhammad told PeopleStyles. “To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I’m over the moon about this whole thing.”
The Ibtihaj Barbie will not be released to the public until the fall of 2018.
“It’s so cool to see myself in this little doll form with my fencing uniform on,” she says. “It says my name on the back and it has a fencing mask and the little sabre. I just love it.”