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Makers of childhood toy create diversity

Makers of childhood toy create diversity

Tamar Gewirtz

October 30, 2019

As the world progresses in our understanding and inclusion of diversity, companies have been adjusting to new societal standards. It has been stepping up their game to show their support and encourage these changes. This includes Barbie: the beloved childhood toy. Growing up as a child, I loved the Barbie do...

New hijabi Barbie doll creates feminist opportunity in toy market industry

New hijabi Barbie doll creates feminist opportunity in toy market industry

Hadeal Rizeq

January 17, 2018

When I first found out that Mattel’s new Barbie doll was modeled after medal-winning Olympic fencer and hijabi Ibtihaj Muhammad, I felt ecstatic and proud. It was like the world came into perfect harmony as the toy industry made this historic accomplishment in recognizing Muslim women and their abilitie...

Barbie breaks barriers with hijab-wearing doll

Barbie breaks barriers with hijab-wearing doll

Tjessa Arradondo

January 10, 2018

According to The New York Times, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will be modeling for the Mattel toy company. This November’s Glamour's Women of the Year Summit said the doll will have muscular thighs, darker skin, Nike shoes and just like the Olympian herself, a hijab. Along with the new doll wear...

Barbie to release hijab-wearing doll in 2018

Barbie to release hijab-wearing doll in 2018

Yonit Krebs and Yonah Davis

December 27, 2017

On Nov. 13 at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Summit, Mattel launched a new doll in its Shero, female hero, collection. The doll is modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammed, an Olympic medal-winning fencer who was the first American to compete wearing a hijab, according to Mattel. According to Mattel’s Barbie website, other Shero dolls include Oly...

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