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Mattel introduces Barbie doll of hijab-wearing Olympian

Move inspired by U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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SAN ANTONIO – Mattel Inc. on Monday announced that they will begin selling a Hijab-wearing Barbie doll inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics.

The doll is scheduled to be available for purchase online next fall.

Mattel said the doll is part of a line that honors women who break boundaries and past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad in a tweet thanked the company.

"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"

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.


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