Kudos to Mattel. The toy brand behind the highly iconic “Barbie” doll has been making strides since its inception in 1959, and after facing controversy over the years for setting unrealistic beauty standards for girls.
While the doll brand is far from perfect, it has strived to promote a culture of diversity, from releasing Barbies in different shapes and sizes, to Barbies of different color, as well as various professions such as an astronaut. In this day and age, Barbie can really be anyone!
To inspire another diverse generation of children, Mattel just recently unveiled their new hijab-wearing Barbie inspired by US Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad as part of the new “Sheroes” collection.
The doll is dressed in fencing gear as well as the hijab.
Mattel posted on Twitter:
We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll! Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries. #Shero #YouCanBeAnything #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/oV0e6ClgL6
— Barbie (@Barbie) November 13, 2017
The 31-year-old fencer also said that having a Barbie doll look like her “was a dream come true.”
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