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11/15/2017

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

For the first time ever, Barbie wears a hijab. Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie dolls, released its first hijab-wearing character on Monday, inspired by the US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

The 31-year-old female athlete was the first US Olympian to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympics. During the game, she won a bronze medal.

Ibtihaj was invited to the ceremony at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Summit in New York City, revealing the doll made in her honor.
The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

The first Hijab-wearing Barbie triggers debate on social media

"Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true #shero", said Ibtihaj on her twitter.

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