Muhammad made history a year ago when she became the first member of a United States Olympic team to compete wearing a hijab, and Mattel is emulating the athlete with its first Barbie to wear the Islamic head scarf.
She further said, "Today I'm proud to know those little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf".
Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie Shero family!
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The new Barbie is a part of the Shero line which launched in 2015, and already includes dolls inspired by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, actress Zendaya, director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copeland.
When news of the first hijabi Barbie hit the social media, many people were thrilled to find that their favorite childhood dolls were no longer limited to white-skinned, western clothes-wearing versions.
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It added that the doll was unveiled at the Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit, an annual event that gives young women the opportunity to hear from select past and present Women of the Year honorees, as well as other influential leaders from a variety of fields, in Brooklyn, NY. However, manufactures Mattel, Inc broke this image associated with the doll with the "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a programme that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation.
The Olympian helped design the doll, which won't be released to the public in the fall of 2019.
This will be the first hijab-wearing Barbie..
Even Barbie's boyfriend Ken got a makeover earlier this year, with more than a dozen new dolls of varying shapes, shades and hairdos - man-bun included.
Barbie has been working hard to make its collection of dolls more diverse in an effort to broaden the brand's appeal.