Barbie "Shero" Doll with a Hijab Honors Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie doll

Now that Mattel has made a doll for girls like her, Muhammad knows it will make a difference: "I hope that little girls of color across the heartland will be inspired to embrace what makes them unique", she said of girls who will play with this Barbie.

Muhammad's doll will be available for purchase in 2018. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic. The dolls aren't for sale, but with more than 79,000 Instagram followers, they clearly represent a market for Mattel.

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said.

Ibtihaj, who was also named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" previous year, is the most recent honoree of the Barbie "Shero" program, which celebrates women who push through and challenge boundaries in their fields. Mattel has made many inclusive additions to its lineup in recent years, such as body-positive Barbie and Ken dolls and the aptly named "Shero" dolls, which pay homage to some awesome RL women including Gabby Douglas, Trisha Yearwood, and Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of the Barbie Shero program, which "recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls".

Barbie's newest "Shero" is Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad told Bustle that she's so honored to be the model for which this doll was designed. The name combines the words she and hero.

According to PEOPLE, Muhammad was very involved in the creation of the doll, so aside from the hijab, it has her fencing uniform, mask and sabre, her signature winged liner, her muscular legs and her Nikes. But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab.

Shejah Shal Miller, the vice-president of global marketing for Barbie, spoke about the company's decision to honor Muhammad. As a brand, Mattel has recently taken major steps to create a vast selection of dolls that represent women of all backgrounds and experiences.

Unfortunately though, if you were looking to get this particular Barbie for your child this Christmas, they'll have to wait until the next holiday season. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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