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Mattel Released Their First Hijab Barbie Collection And Internet Is Here For it

  • By Asad Tipu
  • December 9, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

With so many things going on in the international spectrum,

It’s nice to see companies doing their best to reduce bigotry and hate. Mattel is the company responsible for Barbie, the favourite doll of many girls all across the world. They released a new figured recently, that was modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympian fencer for America. She was the first Muslim American who wore a hijab while competing!

“As a public figure who is Muslim I am very accustomed to trolling – that is a part of my life.”

It’s a part of their Shero line.

Which is a play on the words “She hero”. It celebrates extraordinary women in ordinary times. The past figures of the line include:  Ashley Graham, Kristin Chenoweth, and Misty Copeland.

 “I’m excited to just partner with a brand that I know honors powerful women who are breaking barriers and whose sole goal is to impact the future leaders of tomorrow.”

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But she was adamant about one thing, and one thing only.

Her eyeliner. As many girls know, their makeup is an important part of their clothing, and as integral as a shirt of underwear. She was insistent that her Barbie has that important little detail.

“I’m also really big to into eyeliner. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete. I wore it to the Olympic games, so I wanted my Barbie to have the perfect winged liner and also to wear a hijab.”

People made offensive jokes and said it was a bad idea.

The same people called Islam anti-women, and said it was crazy to introduce something like that to impressionable children. They’re about as wrong as they could get, since the religion has different requirements and expectations for both genders. No one’s oppressed, and belittlement and harassment of women in Islam is a grave offense.

“There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before. I’m really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does.”

This isn’t the first time they celebrated a female athlete either.

In the past, they created a doll for Gabby Douglas, the first black American woman to win the all-round gymnastics gold medal.

“I really hope people what people take away from the Gabby Barbie doll is to be inspired, to be encouraged to be anything that you want to be. If you have a passion or a goal, set your heart to do whatever you want to do.”

Zendaya was also celebrated.

They’ve been diversifying for years and years, introducing new dolls of various shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. They’ve been celebrating the inclusion of many for decades. Zendaya had things to say too:

My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.

When I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my… how times have changed.

Heck, they also released an LGBT positive Barbie.

They had Barbie with her girlfriend wearing a Love Wins T shirt. It’s pretty on the nose for people to not see it as anything but what it is. But people asked anyway, and Mattel had this to say:

“We are an inclusive brand that celebrates diversity, kindness and acceptance.”

Even Tania Missad, Mattel’s director of global brand insights, gave her input.

“We were seeing that millennials are driven by social justice and attracted to brands with purpose and values, and they didn’t see Barbie in this category.”

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