>> Fencer Iptihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year, as the first US Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab. Now there's a Barbie that looks just like her. In a Twitter post, the athlete cheered the move saying, I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab.
This is a childhood dream come true. The scarf-wearing doll from Barbie's maker Mattel, comes as the hijab, one of the most visible signs of Islamic culture, is going mainstream in the West. Designers have embraced it on catwalks, magazine covers now feature hijabi models, and Apple recently launched this emoji character.
In recent years, Barbie has been releasing more racially diverse, and curvier dolls, moving away from it's classic stick thin, blond haired models. The hijab wearing Barbie is part of the new Sheroe line, which recognizes women quote, who break boundaries to inspire the next generations of girls, and will go on sale in 2018.