Mattel’s first hijabi Barbie comes with way too much baggage to challenge stereotypes

The doll based on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad perpetuates the same problematic and unattainable ideals of the Barbie brand.

Mattel has unveiled its latest Barbie, a hijab-wearing fencer modelled on the American Olympic medallist, Ibtihaj Muhammad. The doll is the latest in the toy manufacturer’s “Sheroes” collection, which celebrates women with inspiring stories and creates Barbies in their likeness.

Muhammad was thrust into the limelight last year as the first hijabi American Olympian, who brought home a bronze medal in the team sabre. But while the recognition is well-deserved, the platform is...
source: New Statesman