Martell Launches Hijab Wearing Barbie Doll; To Commence Sale Soon

The manufacturer of the Barbie doll has unveiled its newest figurine inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who wore a hijab while competing in last year’s Olympics.

 

The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honours women who break boundaries; such as  gymnast Gabby Douglas and Selma director Ava DuVernay.

 

Ms Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”

Ms Muhammad, part of the US fencing team and the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

 

During the Olympics Ms Muhammad drew criticism after she described the US as a dangerous place for Muslims, she did “not feel safe” as a Muslim living in America.

 

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