Barbie reveals first hijab-wearing doll (VIDEO)
The maker of the world famous Barbie doll has revealed plans to sell a doll modelled on an Olympic fencer in the US who competed while wearing a hijab.
The doll, part of the toymaker’s 'Sheroes' collection, is dressed in fencing gear as well as the hijab, the Telegraph reported.
On its website, Mattel said the new Barbie is "inspiration for countless little girls who never saw themselves represented in sports and culture," adding it hopes the doll "shows girls they can be anything.
US Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad described the doll created in her image as a "childhood dream come true."
"Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!" she wrote on Twitter.
It will be on sale online from 2018.