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First hijab-wearing Barbie launched inspired by Olympic fencer

First hijab-wearing Barbie launched inspired by Olympic fencer
From BBC - November 14, 2017

The first hijab-wearing Barbie doll has been released to honour an American fencer who became the first US woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics.

The face of the doll has been modelled on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won a bronze medal in Rio last year.

She says the doll is a "childhood dream come true".

The company which makes the dolls has in the past been criticised for making them too thin and overly sexualised.

Now the maker Mattel says it is planning to release a range of new figures next year modelled on inspirational women.

The Barbie doll was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit.

"When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I did not belong," Muhammad said.

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