Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Honored With Barbie Doll

Kickin it Ashley Graham hammed it up as she posed at the Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at New York's Brooklyn Museum on Monday

Kickin it Ashley Graham hammed it up as she posed at the Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at New York's Brooklyn Museum on Monday

Muhammad turned serious remembering her childhood experiences playing with Barbie-and how she wished for one that looked like her.

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

Barbie is now donning the hijab!

Muhammad, the first American athlete to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics, had a major role in designing the doll.

U.S. Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.

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"I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!"

Inspiring, right? Mattel, the toymaker behind Barbie dolls, thought so too. "I just love it", she said.

Ibtihaj Muhammad attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The new Barbie was introduced at the Glamour Women of the Year event in NY where Muhammad expressed her gratitude and emotions over the honor. It also includes a fencing uniform with her name on it, a fencing mask, and a sabre. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed. "I come from a pretty small sport that a lot of people had the opportunity to learn about last summer at the Olympic games and now to even have fencers in the conversation", she says.

"Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honouring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything", Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice president of global marketing, said in a statement as reported by CNNMoney. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Muhammad joins a number of history making women who have had special "Shero" Barbie dolls made in their likeness, including model Ashley Graham and Misty Copeland in 2016 and director Ava DuVernay in 2015.

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