"I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote in her caption.
Ibtihaj Muhammad said that she was humbled and excited to be a part of history again. Muhammad's doll also marks the first time Barbie has worn a hijab, which is the traditional head covering that many Muslim women wear while in public. Last year, the brand famously introduced new dolls in three different body types to reflect real women and girls, in diverse skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, and face shapes. "Now Mattel is doing it for us", she added.
'But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab'.
"Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype-which to me is the definition of a modern American woman", said Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented". Hence the reason there is now a hijab-wearing Barbie. Pittsburgh-based company Hello Hjiab, for instance, has made a business in producing and selling small hijabs that fit on Barbies and similar-sized dolls.
Scroll below to see photos of Muhammad's Shero Barbie. The first is to make "playtime more inclusive", all the while "getting children accustomed to seeing headscarves in order to help fight stigma". The new Barbie will be the first of its kind to wear a hijab.
The Olympian worked with Mattel to design the doll, according to People.
The daughter of a police detective and a teacher, Muhammad grew up with four siblings in Maplewood and discovered fencing when she was 13 years old, winning medals and accolades until she qualified for the Olympics in 2016. And that's something to celebrate.