Mattel's first hijab-wearing doll honours Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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"This is a childhood dream come true", she added. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

Former Duke University fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, will be honored with a Barbie doll created in her likeness by toy maker Mattel.

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

In her Instagram caption, Muhammad wrote, "I'm proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"

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Mattel say the doll will be available to buy next year.

The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters.

Muhammad, who was presented with her doll at Glamour's 2017 Women of the Year Summit, hopes this historic moment will inspire the next generation of girls to live fearlessly.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad visited the Mattel factory when the doll was being designed, but the Glamour Women of the Year event was the first time that she had seen the doll as a finished product and she could barely contain her excitement. "I just love it", she said.

"I think that having strong legs helped me win a medal at the Olympic games".

As Muhammad notes to People, "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool". Like Graham before her, Muhammad made sure the doll represented her in body shape and in her makeup. "Flawless hijab moment right here-this is incredible", she exclaimed. This week, Mattel introduced the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab.

Ms Muhammad is also a sports ambassador and works on the US State Department's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. "I feel like we're just shattering all the little glass ceilings here".

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