Muslims are the most discriminated religious group in the world. It’s who people refer to as terrorists.
Young Muslims across the globe are slowly trying to change this narrative, there’s so much more to the religion than what the media shows. Women like Halima Aden and Ibtihaj Mohammed are an example of what one can achieve despite limitations.
Now, little Muslim girls everywhere can play with a doll that dresses like them. The company that makes the iconic Barbie dolls, Mattel just revealed a new hijab-wearing doll in honour of fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad.
As part of #Mattel’s “Shero” program, the doll is inspired by American-Muslim Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics with a hijab. ⠀
In an emotional Instagram post, the Olympian said:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“The Barbie Shero Program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women, I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true.”
The doll was presented Monday by Glamour magazine at the Women of the Year summit in New York City.
“Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman,” Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement.
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Barbie’s vice-president of marketing, Sejal Shah Miller, said in a statement. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented. By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
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