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Mattel just introduced its first hijab-wearing Barbie


Mattel just introduced its first hijab-wearing Barbie.

The doll is modeled after fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American to compete in the Olympics while wearing a head scarf. The toy will go on sale in 2018.

It's just the latest in a series of diverse dolls, dubbed 'Sheroes' by Mattel, which are based on real-life, inspirational women. Gymnast Gabby Douglas is another recent addition to the empowering collection.

Gabby Douglas
In this image distributed on Monday, July 11, 2016 Barbie honors Gabby Douglas, 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team member and two time 2012 Olympic gold medalist, with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in her likeness for inspiring girls. Douglas is honored as a Barbie “Shero,” a female hero inspiring the next generation of girls that they can be anything. (Photo by Tony Tribble/Invision for Barbie/AP Images)

The newest announcement at the Glamour's Women of the Year summit comes just one year after the release of a doll in honor of model Ashley Graham, who defies her industry's skinny standard and has become a figurehead of body positivity and inclusivity in the fashion world.

Other famous faces featured in the 'Sheroes' collection include ballerina Misty Copeland, director Ava DuVernay, actress and animal activist Emmy Rossum, magazine editor Eva Chen, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, five-year-old fashion designer Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, and country musician Trisha Yearwood.

Trisha Yearwood, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Sydney Kesier
Country musician Trisha Yearwood, left, actress and activist Emmy Rossum, center, magazine editor Eva Chen, right, and 5-year-old fashion designer Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, seated center, are celebrated as Barbie Sheroes with their one-of-a-kind doll at the Variety Power of Women event, Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. The first ever Barbie Shero awards celebrate women who are inspiring girls. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Barbie/AP Images)

The toy's debut comes amid rumors that toy giant Hasbro made an offer to take over Mattel, according to the Wall Street Journal. Though Mattel is the manufacturer of popular products like Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Fisher Price, they've been facing declining sales lately compared to Hasbro, which reportedly has over eleven billion dollars in market value. Hasbro's success over Mattel is due in part to their license to sell in-demand Disney-themed products.

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