For Ibtihaj Muhammad, making history has become second nature. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first US Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab. Then she became the first female Muslim-American to bring home a medal when she won bronze for sabre fencing.
Now, there's about to be a Barbie created just for her - and it will be the first to ever wear a hijab.
The doll is being created for Mattel's 'Shero' Barbie line, which honours women who break boundaries and expand the possibilities for women everywhere, according to Mattel. Other Shero dolls have been modelled off of film director Ava Duvernay, actor and singer-songwriter Emmy Rossum, gymnast Gabby Douglas and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
"I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in – and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind," Muhammad said to People.
In a statement to Bustle, she added: "Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become. I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle. Now, I have my own doll wearing a hijab that the next generation of girls can use to play out their own dreams."
Model Ashley Graham, another Shero Barbie recipient, presented the doll, which will be available next year, to Muhammad at Glamour's 2017 Women of the Year Summit.
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