First hijab-wearing Barbie designed after Olympian

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

Credit: Mattel

Mattel has unveiled a new Barbie created in honor of Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Last year, Muhammad became the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab and the one-of-a-kind doll fashioned in her likeness makes her the newest inductee into the Barbie Sheroes series.

According to Mattel, the series was created to honor women who break boundaries.

Muhammad, who was on Time magazine's 2016 list of "100 most influential people," also has her own clothing line.

The new doll, which is the first Barbie to wear a hijab, will be available starting in 2018.

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