First hijab-wearing Barbie launched inspired by Olympic fencer

BBC News 10 months ago

The face of the doll has been modelled on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a bronze medal in Rio last year.

She says the doll is a "childhood dream come true".

The company which makes the dolls has in the past been criticised for making them too thin and overly sexualised.

Now the maker Mattel says it is planning to release a range of new figures next year modelled on inspirational women.

The Barbie doll was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit.

"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," Muhammad said.

"For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you."

The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters.

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.

Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique."

"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf," she said.

"She's a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal."

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionMattel revamps the Barbie range

Source link
Read also:
NDTV News Technology 10 months ago
Moto X4 has been launched in India. The latest Moto X-Series smartphone from Lenovo brand Moto will be exclusively available on Flipkart in India...
The Sun Lifestyle 10 months ago
TAYLOR SWIFT’s new album has been a hot topic of conversation. And it seems Reputation has inspired RITA ORA to follow in Taylor’s footsteps and...
The Sun 10 months ago
BARBIE is one of the most well-known household toys for children around the world. But how old is the popular doll and what is her full name? Here’s...
CNN Finance 10 months ago
For the first time ever, Barbie will wear a hijab. Mattel (MAT), which makes Barbie, announced Monday that the latest doll in its "Shero" collection...
BuzzFeed News 10 months ago
In 2016, Ibtihaj Muhammad, aka an icon and a queen, became the first American athlete in history to compete in hijab at the Olympics. Sean M...
TIME 10 months ago
Barbie-maker Mattel unveiled its first doll with a hijab headscarf Monday, in honor of Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete...
NY Daily News Sports 10 months ago
The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a...
USA Today Lifestyle 10 months ago
Growing up in New Jersey, the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad used to fashion tiny hijabs out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls...
One click to connect
Select a social network to associate your account