Hijab-wearing Barbie modelled on US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

The prototype of the doll is the USA fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who, performing in a Muslim headdress, became the bronze medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and emoji smartphone symbols. 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.

Now Mattel has partnered with Muhammad as a part of their "Shero" line, which celebrates boundary-breaking women.

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

Other dolls in the collection include African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, director of Selma and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time.

Mattel say the doll will be available to buy next year.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad just announced that Barbie is making a doll in her likeness.

The doll was unveiled during Glamour's Woman of the Year live summit in Brooklyn, New York, where the Olympian was present on the stage. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".

The doll will come with a full fencing uniforms, including a sabre and a mask.

Something that she made sure her doll featured was a realistic sense of her body type and her signature eye liner.

"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. I'm also really big into eyeliner. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Speaking to People, Muhammad said she was excited about working with Mattel because it works hard to promote strong women and inspire future generations. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings".

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