Yesterday one of the biggest names in toys gave us another example of their commitment to diversity when Mattel introduced a new hijab wearing Barbie doll, inspired by Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
U.S. Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.
According to Mattel's website, the line which was launched in 2015 was meant to recognise female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. "I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!" she exclaimed.
Ms Muhammad said on Twitter that she was "proud" that young people will be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" It was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit in NY on Monday, but it will be on sale to the public in the fall of 2018.
The importance of representing the first-ever hijab-wearing doll is not lost on Muhammad. Mattel is working hard to have dolls that represent different races, religions, body types, and more.
"I had so many moments as an athlete where I didn't feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation", the 31-year-old New Jersey native said. "I wanted (the Barbie) to have athletic toned legs for sure".
As Muhammad notes to People, "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool". I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is unbelievable".