Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. And now she has her very own Barbie — the first to ever wear a hijab in the brand’s 58-year history.
Coming to a store near you, it’s Sharia Barbie! She comes with a fashionable hijab, bedazzled leash, and ultra-fun black eye stickers.
The athlete worked with Mattel every step of the way in the design process and says her resemblance to the doll is uncanny. (The Ibtihaj Barbie will be released to the public in the fall of 2018.) “It’s so cool to see myself in this little doll form with my fencing uniform on,” she says. “It says my name on the back and it has a fencing mask and the little sabre. I just love it.”
Chelsea Clinton tweeted out a People article celebrating the first ever Barbie to wear a hijab in the brand’s 58-year-history:
Barbie’s breaking barriers! Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. And now she has her very own Barbie — the first to ever wear a hijab in the brand’s 58-year history.
Nothing says ‘breaking barriers’ like going back several centuries and treating women like property! Amirite, ladies?
“LOVE this. Barbie made their first hijab-wearing “Shero” doll in honor of American fencing star Ibtihaj Muhammad:” Chelsea Clinton tweeted.
After doing this Chelsea got completely destroyed on Twitter.
Even a man from the Middle East who is a big fan of hers tore into her. He wussed out and deleted the tweets, but here is what they said:
Hijab is forced to 100 of millions of women across the world. It is a shame to romanticize it just because in your circle of friends you don’t have any of such women oppressed by misogynist Islamic sicieties
— Hamed Mogadam (@Hasamog) November 14, 2017
It is not the first time American group Mattel, which is currently facing financial difficulties, has honoured an American Olympian with a doll.
In 2016, the group released a Barbie created in the image of gymnast Gabby Douglas, the individual all-around champion at the London 2012 Games.