The doll, which was showcased at Glamour's Women of the Year Summit, is modeled after Muslim-American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, "who was the first American to compete and medal in the Olympics while wearing a hijab."
In an official press release on the matter, Sejal Shal Miller, Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, said:
“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out."
Sharing the news via her official Twitter page, Muhammad said she was "proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab."
A history making announcement
People love it
"Wish I had this growing up"
Shoutout to Mattel...
"This is going to mean everything to young Muslim girls"
Not the first hijabi doll...
While this is the first time Mattel officially releases a hijab-wearing figurine, hijabi dolls aren't completely new to the scene.
"The inspiration behind creating the dolls and clothing was that we found there is a lack of these products available on the market," Jessica Robinson, Shorso's regional commercial director, told The Huffington Post at the time.