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Barbie busts boundaries with hijab-wearing Olympian doll modelled on American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

The doll is part of the ‘Shero’ line that honours women who break boundaries.
The doll is part of the ‘Shero’ line that honours women who break boundaries.

The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modelled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Mattel says the doll will be available online next autumn.

The doll is part of the Barbie ‘Shero’ line that honours women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and Selma director Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”.

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

Ibtihaj Muhammad competed for the US at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.
Ibtihaj Muhammad competed for the US at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.Picture: Getty

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