Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijab

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Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is quite a doll – literally. She’s thrilled to have inspired a Barbie in her likeness, and especially proud that the doll will be the first Barbie to wear a hijab. “This is a childhood dream come true,” she posted. The doll is part of the “She-ro” line.

“We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!” Mattel posted. “Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries.”

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An Olympic bronze medalist who was the first woman to wear a hijab while representing the United States at the Olympics, Muhammad was in Atlanta last year for “Make History with Ibtihaj: Atlanta Muslim Election Rally,” a voter turnout rally. As AJC religion writer Shelia Poole reported at the time, the event was hosted by the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, I-PAC Georgia, the Muslim Mix and the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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