Mattel unveils first Barbie to wear a hijab

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

Ibtihaj Muhammad is making history again - as a new role model for young girls.

It's safe to say Muhammad has a career tons of girls aspire to: She challenged stereotypes when she became the first Olympian from the U.S.to compete while wearing a hijab, was one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2016, and recently launched the clothing line, Louella.

Mattel is officially coming out with its first hijab-wearing Barbie! According to Glamour, when she first got to see her Barbie she was so excited. The doll will go on sale in 2018.

"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie Sejal Shah Miller said in a press release.

Ibtihaj, who was also named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" a year ago, is the most recent honoree of the Barbie "Shero" program, which celebrates women who push through and challenge boundaries in their fields.

On its website, Mattel said the new Barbie is "inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture", adding it hopes the doll "shows girls they can be anything". The honor is part of Mattel's Shero initiative that "recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls". Other "Sheroes" include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristen Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland, and Ava DuVernay. She also described her experience growing up and playing with Barbies herself.

This ground-breaking Barbie is such a win for increased representation and inclusivity.

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. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. The company followed suit with Ken dolls earlier this year. Now girls who wear a hijab can have a Barbie that looks like them too. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings". She's about to become one of the most iconic figures in the toy industry: a Barbie!

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