Muhammad was presented her new Shero Barbie at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2017.
The Shero line, which launched in 2015, includes dolls based on prominent women such as Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay and actress Zendaya.
"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, vice president of global marketing for Barbie, explained. But that wait is worth it for the all girls who will finally see themselves represented in Mattel's famous toy-just ask Muhammad.
It's a massive step forward for the iconic doll, and a moment that matters for Muslim women and girls everywhere.
Muhammad's doll will be available for purchase in 2018.
Barbie announced at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit on Monday that Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad would be the next woman to be honored with a Barbie in her image for the doll's "Shero" line, a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women meant to inspire the next generation. "I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!" she exclaimed.
The doll is part of the "She-ro" line.
While playing dress-up or with dolls tends to be trivialized, Muhammad fiercely argues that the ability for girls to imagine the different things they can be, and envision themselves in different spaces, is crucial. "There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before". With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.
Barbie is breaking her mold yet again! But in those early days, Muhammad didn't have Barbies that wore a headscarf, so she would sew on her own hijabs with her sisters. "But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab".
Now, Muhammad's doll means play time is a lot more inclusive-and the comments on Barbie's Instagram announcement prove that the people are loving it.
In 2016, Barbie rolled out tall, petite and curvy versions of the dolls. And that's something to celebrate.