Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first U.S Olympic team to compete in hijab. She has teamed up with Mattel to create a Barbie doll designed after her. Ibtihaj saw her doll for the first time at the GLAMOUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR SUMMIT 2017.
As she glanced at her replica doll, she exclaimed ‘’Perfect hijab moment right here-this is amazing.’’
Her excitement changed into seriousness as she recalled her childhood memories and how she always wanted a doll that looked exactly like her. The memories of her sewing her own headscarves on to the doll were unforgettable. She said,’’ I hope that little girls of colour across the heartland will be inspired to embrace what makes them unique’’
As Graham presented Ibtihaj with her Barbie, she stated the importance of the new doll: “Muhammad’s Barbie gives many little girls a doll in their likeness. Barbie is every kind of woman now, and that’s why it’s so exciting to be a part of this journey with Barbie,” she further said to Ibtihaj Muhammad. “You embrace what makes you different, what makes you stand out. And that’s what Mattel wants, they want women who are championing their differences,”
The Hijab Barbie will be available in stores in 2018, the wait is worth the while for all girls who will finally see themselves represented in the famous Barbie doll.
“When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong here,” Ibtihaj said “For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you.”