Your child's next role model? Duke Olympian is the newest Barbie

(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.

In its "Sheroes" series of Barbies, Mattel has crafted dolls after the likes of women doing groundbreaking work in their fields, including ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay, actress Zendaya and Olympian Gabby Douglas.

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.

The doll was presented to Muhammad, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential People in 2016, by model Ashley Graham on November 13 at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit. She found being included "very humbling".

"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", she said in a statement provided to Bustle.

The doll will be the first ever Barbie to wear a hijab in history, according to People. The doll looks just like Muhammad, and has her athletic, toned legs and trademark winged eyeliner.

Not only does her Barbie represent a whole new population of women, but it opens many more doors of creativity for children when they play with Barbie.

The moment Ibtihaj Muhammad stepped onto the Olympic scene with her hijab, she was a force to be reckoned with.

This is the latest of Barbie's boundary-breaking dolls in an effort to become more inclusive in recent years.

Vanessa Coleman

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