November 21, 2018
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New Barbie to wear hijab

The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modelled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab.

External Link: Muhammad twitter post

Mattel, the company that manufactures the famous range of dolls, says the hijab-wearing Barbie will be available online next spring in Australia.

The doll is part of the Barbie "Shero" line that honours women who break boundaries.

Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and Selma director Ava DuVernay.

Ibtihaj Muhammad posted on Twitter she was "proud" young people would be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"

Muhammad grew up in New Jersey, with African-American parents also born in the US, and who converted to Islam. She took up fencing at school, aged 13.

She has chalked up a number of firsts: she's the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, she's the first female Muslim to win a medal at the Olympics, having won bronze at Rio in 2016.

And now Muhammad is the model for the first hijab-wearing Barbie.

Woman in hijab and wearing fencing costume appears exultant.

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