Ibtihaj Muhammad Makes Her Debut As A Barbie Doll

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds Barbie doll molded in her likeness ESPN

In 1959, the first Barbie doll made its debut at New York Toy Fair.  Now, over 55 years later, Barbie is a global icon inspiring girls everywhere to be anything.

Last month, Barbie made another significant stride by making Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad the face of the first hijab-wearing doll.

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 so they’d look more like her and her sisters. 

Now, Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. It’s a feat she described on Monday, when the doll was unveiled, as “amazing.”

Read more about this inspiring story here (HT Hannan Adely).


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