Barbie reveals first hijab-wearing doll inspired by trailblazing US fencer

The manufacturer of the Barbie doll has revealed its latest figurine is inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab. 

Mattel Inc said 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. 

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

Ms Muhammad, part of the US fencing team and the first American to compete

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