Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympian to compete in the Islamic head scarf, is included in a new "Shero" line of the popular doll.
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.
There's a short wait until the Barbie wearing a hijab will become available in 2018. Last year's honoree was model and activist Ashley Graham, who presented Ibtihaj with her doll this year.
"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 marketing for Barbie, told Bustle. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented".
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.
"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", she said in a statement.
"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. Mattel posted. "Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries".
"We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll!"
"My mom made efforts when I was a kid to bring dolls into the house that were only dolls of color", she said. As a brand, Mattel has recently taken major steps to create a vast selection of dolls that represent women of all backgrounds and experiences.
The Barbie, designed in her likeness, has full fencing gear, including mask and sabre, with sneakers on her feet and a hijab around her head. That's just another reason that she is a ideal choice for the Shero Barbie honor.
Muhammad told HuffPost that this moment is surreal for her since Barbie was such a big part of her life growing up.