You Can Now Buy Barbie's First Hijabi Doll
The Barbie is based on Muslim-American, Hijabi fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad
7 August 2018
All image credits: Instagram/ @ibtihajmuhammad
Muslim-American Olympian, Ibtihaj Muhammad, officially has her own Barbie doll in shops –as the figurine is on sale after being unveiled by American toy company Mattel, back in November. Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American athlete to compete in the Olympic Games wearing a hijab in 2016, and now the Olympic fencer is also the model behind the first hijab wearing Barbie
The Hijabi Barbie was made to inspire girls to pursue their dreams, whilst embracing what makes them unique, as a part of Barbie’s “Shero” line. Ibtihaj revealed, “What I love about this [Barbie doll] is that young girls in the future will be able to see that representation on a shelf when they walk into a toy store that has never been there before.”
The Barbie is breaking boundaries for Muslim women and the next generation of girls.
This Barbie doll is not only a childhood dream come true for Ibtihaj, but also for lots of Muslim girls around the world. The Barbie was first announced during the Glamour 2017 Women Of The Year Awards and every detail of the doll is made to replicate bronze medal winner Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Dressed in Ibtihaj’s fencing uniform, the doll comes complete with her sabre, mask and of course, hijab. The doll has Ibtihaj’s athletic toned legs and even her signature makeup look, as the athlete also believes it’s important for girls to see a “Barbie that chooses to wear the hijab.”
Where can you buy the Hijab Wearing Barbie in Dubai?
The Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie doll is available to buy from Amazon and is available to ship to the UAE, as the doll and delivering fare will cost in total AED 162.43 (if shipped to the UAE).
Many believe the doll is a role model, but will there be more hijabi Barbie’s on the shelf? Does Barbie still need more diversity...