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Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Honored With Barbie Doll

15 November 2017, 01:28 | Jermaine Blake

No body shaming The model is an activist speaking out on body image issues for women

No body shaming The model is an activist speaking out on body image issues for women

"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", said Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ibtihaj has become an inspiration to many when she became the first athlete to wear a hijab as an Olympian from the USA and became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, bringing home the bronze in team saber in the 2016 Olympics. After becoming the first US Olympian to compete in a hijab, Muhammad has now created a Barbie of herself with a hijab.

Muhammad first made headlines during the 2016 Summer Olympics when she became the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States.

Now Mattel has partnered with Muhammad as a part of their "Shero" line, which celebrates boundary-breaking women. "I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!" she exclaimed. Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood.

Mattel say the doll will be available to buy next year. Now, she's making history again by getting a Barbie doll made in her honour.

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Something that she made sure her doll featured was a realistic sense of her body type and her signature eye liner.

"There was so much about the doll that was important to me", she said.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic Games, so I wanted my legs to be larger, more athletic legs, toned legs".

As Muhammad notes to People, "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool. I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the flawless winged liner and also to wear a hijab".



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