Come true dream, - commented on the cooperation of Muhammad.
Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio past year as the first U.S. Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russian Federation.
The most recent addition to the "Shero" Barbie family is a hijab-wearing Barbie dedicated to Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab.
U.S. Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.
Now Mattel has partnered with Muhammad as a part of their "Shero" line, which celebrates boundary-breaking women. Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood. It will be available to the public, though, in the fall of 2018.
"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said.
The doll was introduced at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in NY, where Muhammad was on hand to express her gratitude.
She also told reporters that as a child, she used to make hijabs for her Barbies out of tissue, and said that she hoped the new doll made in her likeness would inspired little girls of colour "to embrace what makes them unique".
The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure". I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete.
She was presented with the doll by last year's victor, body activist and model Ashley Graham. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the flawless winged liner and also to wear a hijab". "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".