Barbie's Newest Model is Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out", Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice-president of marketing, told Bustle in a statement. "Barbie is every kind of woman now, and that's why it's so exciting to be a part of this journey with Barbie", she said to Muhammad. The doll will go on sale in 2018. "I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the flawless winged liner and also to wear a hijab".

The announcement was made at Glamour's "Woman of the Year" summit, where last year's "Shero" Ashley Graham presented Muhammad with the new doll, according to a press release from Barbie.

"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf", she said.

"This is a childhood dream come true", she posted. But that wait is worth it for the all girls who will finally see themselves represented in Mattel's famous toy-just ask Muhammad.

The doll will be available for purchase in 2018. "By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything".

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'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'. Hence the reason there is now a hijab-wearing Barbie.

Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie.

While it's groundbreaking that Mattel is getting on board with this mission through Muhammad's doll, it still took a long time for Muslim women to be represented through Barbie.

With the official Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie and the efforts of the Hello Hijab collective, the iconic and enduring doll has become even more representative of American women. "I don't think there's anything wrong with little girls wanting to wear makeup or role-play with their dolls-and also for their dolls to be badass sportswoman on the fencing strip, in hijab". And that's something to celebrate.

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