Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Just Got Her Very Own Barbie
Source: Huffington Post
By Alanna Vagianos; Women’s Editor, HuffPost
The doll will be available in stores in 2018.
Ibtihaj Muhammad just announced that Barbie is making a doll in her likeness.
The Olympic fencer announced on Monday at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit that she will be the next doll in Barbie’s “Shero” line which includes iconic women like Ava DuVernay, Gabby Douglas and Misty Copeland. Muhammad’s Shero doll will hit stores in 2018.
“I can’t believe this is happening honestly,” Muhammad told HuffPost. “It’s a pinch me moment.”
Muhammad first made headlines during the 2016 Summer Olympics when she became the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States. She was also the first female, Muslim-American athlete to win a medal at the Olympics, bringing home the bronze for sabre fencing.
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie Sejal Shah Miller said in a press release. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”