Ibtihaj Muhammad and hijab Barbie.
According to The New York Times, the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll has been released to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who became the first US woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics. She won a bronze medal in Rio last year. Mattel says it is planning to release a range of new figures next year modeled on inspirational women.
"When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn't belong," Muhammad said.
"For all those people who didn't believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you."