Today, it was announced that Barbie will be honoring Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad as a part of Barbie’s “Shero” series, which aims to highlight role models for young girls by creating the infamous Barbie dolls in the likeness of remarkable women in a variety of fields. In the past, they’ve featured gymnastic Olympian Gabby Douglas, plus-size model Ashley Graham, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and 5-year-old fashion designer Sydney Keiser. Muhammad’s doll will mark the first time a Barbie has worn a hijab in the brand’s 58-year history.
“I can’t believe this is happening honestly,” Muhammad told The Huffington Post. “It’s a ‘pinch-me’ moment.”
Muhammad made a name for herself in last year’s Summer Olympics, when she became the first female Olympian to wear a hijab while competing for the United States. Muhammad won a bronze medal in saber fencing, making her the first ever woman to win an Olympic medal while wearing a hijab.
Besides tearing it up on the fencing circuit, Muhammad is an entrepreneur. She’s behind a clothing line that designs modest dresses, jackets, sweaters, and more for fashion-forward women. Muhammad’s efforts have made her an inspiration to many girls regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or upbringing, and she’s a reminder that American women can all look very different from one another and still rock.
Now, Muhammad is being recognized with her own Shero Barbie. The Barbie is outfitted in a white fencing uniform and matching white hijab and comes with a fencing rapier and mask. It is expected to hit stores in 2018.