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Olympian fencer inspires Barbie's first hijab-wearing doll

Olympian fencer inspires Barbie's first hijab-wearing doll
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year as the firstU.S. Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, afterearlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencingchampionships in Russia.

"I am proud to know that little girls everywhere can now playwith a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhooddream come true," the Olympian posted on Twitter late Monday.

Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! Im 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#shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD

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The hijabone of the most visible signs of Islamic culture is becoming increasingly popular with Western businesses, fromhijab-wearing models in top fashion magazines to Apple'srecently launched emojicharacter in a hijab.

The hijab-wearing Barbie, produced by company Mattel, ispart of Barbie's "Shero" line which recognises women "who breakboundaries to inspire the next generation of girls", and will goon sale in 2018, the company said.

"Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never sawthemselves represented," Barbie's marketing vice president SejalShah Miller said in a statement.

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