The new Barbie ... with a hijab

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By Seamus Kearney
The new Barbie ... with a hijab

A new Barbie doll that wears a hijab has been unveiled.

The doll is a replica of the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who walked the red carpet at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in New York.

Muhammad said:“I’ve had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn’t feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation.

“So to be in this moment as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a global brand, diversify their toy line to include a Barbie doll that wears hijab is very moving to me, and I feel that it’s very revolutionary.”

The company that makes Barbie has a new line to honour female champions.

The doll with a hijab will be sold online next autumn.