(The Ibtihaj Barbie will be released to the public in the fall of 2018.) "It's so cool to see myself in this little doll form with my fencing uniform on", she says.
Today, it was announced that Barbie will be honoring Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad as a part of Barbie's "Shero" series, which aims to highlight role models for young girls by creating the infamous Barbie dolls in the likeness of remarkable women in a variety of fields.
Sharing her excitement on social media, Muhammad tweeted: "I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" She won a bronze medal in sabre fencing, thus also becoming the first female Muslim American athlete to win a medal at the Olympics!
At the summit, Glamour reported Muhammad could hardly contain herself when she saw her Barbie. And companies like Hello Hijab still have a place in the conversation while we all wait for Mattel to make Barbie hijabs a reality for their dolls.