NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Barbie has introduced it’s going to promote a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in final yr’s Olympics whereas sporting a hijab.
Mattel Inc. stated the doll can be out there on-line subsequent fall. The doll is a part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors ladies who break boundaries. Previous dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.
“I had so many moments as an athlete, the place I didn’t really feel included, the place I used to be typically in areas the place there was a scarcity of illustration,” Muhammad stated Monday night time on the Glamour Ladies of the Yr gala in New York. “So to be on this second, as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a worldwide model, diversify their toy line to incorporate a Barbie doll that wears a hijab could be very shifting to me.”
Muhammad, the primary American to compete on the Olympics whereas sporting a hijab, gained a bronze medal in fencing on the 2016 Rio Video games.
“There was a lot concerning the doll that was necessary to me,” she stated. “I do know as a child I used to be bullied for having bigger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my physique and to like my physique and the power that it might produce. I feel that having robust legs helped me win a medal on the Olympic Video games, so I needed my legs to be bigger, extra athletic legs, toned legs. And I’m very into eyeliner, so I needed a robust-winged cat eye. And Mattel listened to every part, all the things even right down to the material of the hijab.