This year, the brand selected United States fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American woman to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab. The one-of-a-kind doll made in Muhammad's likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line, or female heroes, a program that celebrates women meant to inspire the next generation. "I know as a kid I was bullied for having larger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my body and to love my body and the strength that it could produce". "Perfect hijab moment right here, this is fantastic".
"The Barbie Shero program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women", she said. Other women honored as Sheroes include film director Ava DuVernay, model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland and country music artist Trisha Yearwood.
According to The Wrap, Muhammad's Barbie made its debut at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit earlier today.
Muhammad's Shero doll will be available for purchase in 2018.
Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.
On their website, Mattel said they hoped the doll would serve as "an inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture".
"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", Ibtihaj Muhammad said. "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing".