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Ibtihaj Muhammad's Barbie is the First to Wear a Hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad's Barbie is the First to Wear a Hijab

Mattel is officially coming out with its first hijab-wearing Barbie!

Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad continues to make history.

Muhammad became the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing the Islamic head scarf during competitions in Rio de Janeiro past year, winning a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

The 31-year-old Maplewood, New Jersey native (whose African-American family converted to Islam) and sabre fencer won a bronze medal while competing with Team Sabre during the Rio Olympics. Other "Sheroes" include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristen Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland, and Ava DuVernay.

The doll was presented to Muhammad, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential People in 2016, by model Ashley Graham on November 13 at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit.

Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. Previous year they created an Ashley Graham Barbie, whose thighs actually touched. She is also the driving force behind the Louella clothing line, which aims for fashion that combines vibrant looks with Muslims' needs for floor-length and long-sleeved dresses for modesty.

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According to Mattel, the "Sheros" program was created in honor of women who break boundaries.

Ibtihaj Muhammad said that she was humbled and excited to be a part of history again. Muhammad's Shero doll will hit stores in 2018.

"Through playing with Barbie", Muhammad said in a statement to Bustle, "I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become". But also have kids who aren't Muslim, who don't wear a hijab, to also have the opportunity to play with a doll that wears a hijab.

Barbie's breaking barriers! Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. As a brand, Mattel has recently taken major steps to create a vast selection of dolls that represent women of all backgrounds and experiences.

Muhammad's face lit up when she saw her Barbie replica, identical to her down to the fencing uniform and white hijab.

Unfortunately though, if you were looking to get this particular Barbie for your child this Christmas, they'll have to wait until the next holiday season. "It's cool to have Muslim girls in the conversation, to have African Americans as fencers is also really cool".