The doll is modelled on Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab Image: Twitter
Your favourite childhood doll aka Barbie is more often than not seen scantily-clad in hotpants and skimpy tops. But the latest addition to the 'Shero' line-up sees a more realistic version of the doll. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the 2016 Rio Games when she became the first American to compete wearing a hijab. She made history again with an addition to the Barbie collection. In Barbie's 58-year history, the doll (modelled on Ibtihaj) has worn a hijab for the very first time.
"Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true," Ibtihaj tweeted, who wore her traditional hijab while competing as a sabre fencer in the 2016 Summer Olympics. During the games, she became a symbol of diversity.
Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017
Even Barbie's rumoured boyfriend Ken has got a makeover, with more than a dozen new dolls of varying shapes, shades and hairdos and the famous man-bun. Time to embrace diversity, boys and girls.
If you're looking to get one of these for yourself, the collection will not be available until 2018, but it's worth the wait, right?