Once upon a time I had a Barbie doll. She was married to my teddy bear Earl.
Earl was more than happy to be married to a long blond haired women with big boobs and a tiny waist.
Barbie was stunning but she didn’t really relate to anyone. She was perfect and unless you go under the knife she was an aspirational figure you could never quite be,
These days Barbie has caught up with recent times.
There’s an Ashley Graham Barbie (curvy). A Misty Copeland Barbie (athletic). Even an Ava DuVernay Barbie (black).
Now, Barbie has finally been given a hijab.
The new doll is nspired by American fencer and Olympic bronze medalist, Ibtihaj Muhammad.
When Mittel told Ibtihaj that they were planning to create a Barbie in her honor, she cried.
And after that, she made a few requests – that Barbie wear dark eyeliner, have big, strong legs, and that she wear the hijab.
‘It’s something I wear like I wear a shirt or I wear pants,’ she says. She says that she hopes children will ‘take it off and try it on their other Barbies’.
The initial prototype was dressed in a white padded fencing outfit which had ‘Muhammad’ printed in black letter across the back and was wearing a removable helmet which revealed her hijab.
Ibtihaj asked for the fabric to be made thicker so that it was opaque.
The Ibtihaj Barbie is part of Barbie’s Shero collection which aims to encourage children to be anything they want to be.