Mattel's first hijab-wearing doll honours Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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But this is more than a special-edition doll: It's the first-ever Barbie to wear a hijab, which makes it a crucial win for inclusivity and representation.

Unveiled Monday, the doll was created to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete wearing the Muslim headgear-she won bronze as part of the U.S. sabre team at last year's Rio Olympics.

Mattel is capturing the attention of many worldwide after releasing its first Barbie to wear a headscarf.

Ibtihaj Muhammad posted on Twitter she was "proud" young people would be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" "Ibtihaj is an inspiration for countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can do anything", Miller said, according to USA Today.

"I can't believe this is happening honestly", Muhammad told HuffPost.

A doll that looks like Ebtehaj issued in the series "shero" (Barbie Shero), which breaks the standard pattern of beauty Barbie. The inspirational and boundary-breaking women, who inspired such dolls, include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". I'm also really big to into eyeliner.

The athlete worked with Mattel every step of the way in the design process and says her resemblance to the doll is uncanny.

"I would even sew little tiny hijabs on my Barbie dolls, sometimes made of tissue". The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls. "So I only had brown Barbie dolls growing up and I think that was an effort made by my parents to see us reflected in the dolls we played with".

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