If you were stuck to the TV during the 2016 Summer Olympics, then the name Ibtihaj Muhammad should ring a bell. If not, let us school you.
Muhammad is a member of the U.S. fencing team who became the first Muslim-American hijab-wearing athlete to compete for the U.S. in the Olympics. Nabbing the bronze medal in Team Sabre, she was also the first female Muslim-American athlete to win a medal at the Olympics. #GOALS #GOALS #GOALS
Because she's an inspiring and amazing woman, Barbie has now honored the 31-year-old athlete with a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness.
The doll, in full fencing gear with props, was unveiled at the Glamour Women of the Year LIVE Summit in Brooklyn, NY.
“Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become,” she said. “I love that my relationship with Barbie has come full circle, and now I have my own doll wearing a hijab that the next generation of girls can use to play out their own dreams.”
Muhammad is the latest honoree as part of Barbie Shero program that recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls, according to a Barbie press release.
"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian but for embracing what makes her stand out," said Sejal Shah Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything."
Check out the doll
Muhammad is not only an Olympian medalist, but she was part of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2016 and has her own clothing line, Louella, with new fresh and vibrant looks for the modest fashion industry.
With that said, kudos to Barbie and Ibtihaj for inspiring young girls everywhere!
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