"This is such a big moment, not just for me, but for little girls everywhere", Muhammad explained to Glamour.
The one-of-a-kind doll made in Muhammad's likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line, or female heroes, a program that celebrates women meant to inspire the next generation.
'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'.
Muhammad, who ranked among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2016 and has gone on to start a line of clothing, Louella, for the modest fashion industry, said the new doll means the fulfillment of a childhood dream. And girls that don't get to see what a Barbie in a hijab looks like, which is more important now than ever. "Now Mattel is doing it for us", she added.
"Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything", Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice president of global marketing, said in a statement. That's just another reason that she is a ideal choice for the Shero Barbie honor.
"It's a very humbling experience to even be in the same sentence with these women", Muhammad said to the Huffington Post. According to the Hello Hijab website, their doll hijabs serve two critical purposes.
'Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype-which to me is the definition of a modern American woman, ' she said.
It is not the first time Mattel, which is now facing financial difficulties, has honored an American Olympian with a doll. And that's something to celebrate.