Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American Olympic fencer who won a bronze medal in Rio, holds the Barbie made in her honor. (Nov. 13, 2017)

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

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