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I'm Already Calling It: This New Hijab-Wearing Barbie Is The Best Present To Give This Year

It's about damn time.

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In 2016, Ibtihaj Muhammad, aka an icon and a queen, became the first American athlete in history to compete in hijab at the Olympics.

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NBD, she won a bronze medal while fencing with team USA at the Rio games. When she isn't, y'know, decimating opponents with a sabre, she's running her fashion line, Louella.

And today, she got something super cool to display next to her Olympic medal: A dang Barbie modeled after her!!!!!


The doll is the latest Barbie "Shero," which is a line of Barbies modeled after real-life inspirational women, like Ava DuVernay and Ashley Graham. The doll was unveiled at Glamour's Woman of the Year Summit on Nov. 13.

Not only is the doll already my brand-new favorite Barbie, but it's also the very first one in Barbie's 58-year history to wear a hijab.

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"Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out," Sejal Shal Miller, Barbie's Vice President of Global Marketing, said in a press release. "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."


"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become," Muhammad said in the press release.

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"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."