Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear hijab

It's been quite a run for U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

A Barbie doll wearing the hijab will appear in the United States.

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the USA and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics.

The Olympic fencer announced on Monday at Glamour's Women of the Year summit that she will be the next doll in Barbie's "Shero" line which includes iconic women like Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland.

"I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!"

Barbie is breaking her mold yet again! The dolls will be available in 2018, USA Today's report said. "It says my name on the back and it has a fencing mask and the little sabre. I just love it", she said.

Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup.

Barbie however isn't the only brand that has recognised toy dolls could do with a little diversifying.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs". "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is awesome".

The importance of representing the first-ever hijab-wearing doll is not lost on Muhammad.

The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters.

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. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab". "This is a childhood dream come true". She found being included "very humbling".

She's also moved from being Caucasian-only, to African American in 1968, and Hispanic in 2007.

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