In 2016, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history as the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab.
Last year, Muhammad became the first American Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab and the one-of-a-kind doll fashioned in her likeness makes her the newest inductee into the barbie "shero" series. "I know as a kid I was bullied for having larger legs, and sport taught me to embrace my body and to love my body and the strength that it could produce. Ideal hijab moment right here-this is awesome", she exclaimed.
The doll was unveiled at Glamour's Woman of the Year Summit in NY as part of Barbie's Shero program, which recognises remarkable women and their achievements. Other "Sheroes" include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristen Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland, and Ava DuVernay.
During the Olympics Ms Muhammad drew criticism after she described the USA as a risky place for Muslims, telling the Daily Beast she did "not feel safe" as a Muslim living in America.
We think it's safe to say that this is a childhood dream come true for many hijab-wearing girls out there.
The first Barbie was created in 1959 by Handler, after Ruth watched her daughter play with paper dolls. The fencer said that she, along with her sisters, used to sow Muslim headdresses for their dolls.
"Today I'm proud to know that little girls who wear a hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don't, can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a head scarf", Muhammad said. "By honouring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything". "To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I'm over the moon about this whole thing". "For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you".