Subsequent to her Olympic bronze medal, a plastic doll will be the biggest honor of fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad’s profession.
That is as a result of when Mattel unveiled its latest Barbie Shero doll, full with hijab, on Monday, the Muslim-American Olympian says she noticed the potential to encourage future generations of women identical to her.
“By taking part in with Barbie, I used to be in a position to think about and dream about who I might turn out to be,” Muhammad, 31, mentioned in an announcement. “I like that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle, and now I’ve my very own doll carrying a hijab that the subsequent era of women can use to play out their very own desires.”
The New Jersey native obtained the Barbie Shero doll in her likeness on the Glamour Ladies of the 12 months LIVE Summit in Brooklyn, New York. The glory is a part of Mattel’s Shero initiative that “acknowledges ladies who break boundaries to encourage the subsequent era of women.”
Muhammad obtained the one-of-a-kind doll from final 12 months’s Shero, plus-sized mannequin Ashley Graham. However everybody else will get an opportunity to purchase their very own when the doll hits the market in 2018, the corporate introduced.
The glory comes greater than a 12 months after the 2016 Summer time Video games in Rio de Janeiro, when Muhammad turned the primary U.S. athlete to compete within the Olympics whereas carrying a hijab. She wore her head overlaying on the medal podium, too, having gained a bronze medal within the group sabre competitors.
She additionally made a huge effect exterior the piste. Muhammad was named considered one of TIME journal’s “100 Most Influential Individuals” of 2016. She can also be the driving drive behind the Louella clothes line, which goals for style that mixes vibrant seems to be with Muslims’ wants for floor-length and long-sleeved attire for modesty.
“Final 12 months, she was the primary athlete from the united statesto compete within the Olympics carrying a hijab, and immediately we’re thrilled to have fun Ibtihaj as the primary hijab-wearing Barbie,” mentioned Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive. “She is going to play an incredible function in guaranteeing that ladies of the longer term see themselves represented totally and fantastically in our tradition.”