For decades women have struggled finding beauty in themselves as we all grew up playing with one type of doll with model features and long blond silky hair.
In recent years, the world has evolved greatly, introducing dolls that come in all shapes, colours and sizes to teach little girls that we are all beautiful in our own way.
Barbie doll released a new hijab wearing doll, on Monday. The doll was released in honour of American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The doll was debuted at Glamour’s Woman of the Year Summit in New York as part of Barbie’s Shero program. This year the program recognised the remarkable fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, for her achievements as the first woman to compete at the Olympic Grames while wearing a Hijab.
“I’m Proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!” Muhammad wrote on her Instagram page. “This is a childhood dream come true.” Barbie has in previous years introduced dolls that were much shorter, curvy, black and even had natural afro hair to give girls an image of beautiful girls in different forms.
Barbie isn’t the first doll brand to recognise diversity though toy dolls. Kay Customs is the first doll brand to create dolls with different skin types such as vitiligo and albinism and a range of hair types.