Mattel's first hijab-wearing Barbie represents a major step forward in terms of diversity and inclusion for the brand. The Barbie was created in November 2017 to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the United States fencing team, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Muhammad gained widespread recognition as the first Muslim American to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics. Earning a bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Muhammad also became the first Muslim American to earn an Olympic medal.
While this is an important release for Mattel and diverse Barbies, it isn’t the first time a celebrity has gotten their very own doll. Prince William and Kate Middleton, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, the timeless Elizabeth Taylor, and all-round perfect person Beyonce have all gotten their own Barbies. While children may enjoy Barbie for her gorgeous outfits, her cool cars, and her Malibu dream house, it’s important for Mattel to acknowledge the responsibility they have to introduce young girls to diversity and to make all kids feel included. By introducing a Barbie with a hijab, Mattel did just that, and we're sure this will become one of the most valuable Barbies of all time.
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