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The First-Ever Hijabi Barbie Can Now Be Yours

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It was first unveiled back in November, and now Mattel’s first hijab-wearing figurine has officially hit shelves. The ground-breaking Barbie doll has been created in the likeness of Ibtihaj Muhammad, the American fencer who made history in 2016 as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympic Games wearing a hijab. The champion athlete revealed the doll had launched this week, taking to Instagram to tell her 266,000 followers “she’s finally here!”

“I’m happy to announce that you can now have your very own Ibtihaj Barbie doll starting today! Available on Amazon.com and Barbie.com,” the fencer, who took home a bronze medal from Rio de Janeiro as part of Team USA’s women’s saber team, added. The doll was first announced during the US Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year summit in New York last year. The game-changing Barbie falls under the Barbie #Shero line, which is based on women with inspiring stories, including gymnast Gabby Douglas and Selma director Ava DuVernay, which came with its own director’s chair and has long dreadlocks.

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Muhammad’s iteration is clad in a white, padded fencing outfit, with a removable helmet and a white hijab underneath. “For little kids to walk up and down a toy aisle, to not only see a brown doll that’s a fencer, but also have a doll who chooses to wear hijab, it’s such a big moment,” the athlete told CNN last month. “It’s my hope that in having Mattel create their first doll that wears hijab, it continues to inspire and transform the way that our youth thinks of themselves and sees themselves in our future.”

The fencer also opened up about her battles with anxiety in recent weeks, as she promotes her new memoir, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. “At first, I had no idea what was happening. The morning of a competition I’d wake up feeling lethargic and sleepy—overwhelmingly so—despite having had a good night’s rest,” Muhammad told Glamour. “At game time I’d step onto the fencing strip and feel completely detached from reality.” The Olympian, who was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2016, added that she knew she couldn’t correct the issue on her own, so sought the help of a sports psychologist. “Self-care is important,” the 32-year-old said, adding that breathing techniques and exercises helped her find calm and focus. “It is not a sign of weakness to seek help when you need it. In fact, it’s brave.”

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