Barbie Just Made History With Its Latest Empowering Doll

Shining star The 30-year-old plus-size model showed off a glimpse of her toned tummy in a cropped white T-shirt and a long black glittery wrap skirt with silver high heels

The doll is modeled after American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first American Olympian to compete in a traditional Muslim headscarf during the 2018 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

According to The Wrap, Muhammad's Barbie made its debut at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit earlier today.

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday in NY. The doll wears a fencing outfit and hijab - a first for Barbie.

The Barbie is part of Mattel's "Shero" line dedicated to inspirational women, such as Misty Copeland, Emmy Rossum Ava DuVernay, Ashley Graham and Gabby Douglas.

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"Through playing with Barbie, I was able to imagine and dream about who I could become", said Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Mattel say the doll will be available to buy next year. The doll will be the very first Barbie doll to wear a hijab and the event is considered to be historic.

Starting out in 1959 as a small-town American girl modelled on her creator Ruth Handler's own daughter, Barbie since been a fashion model, astronaut, police officer, rock star, dentist, aerobics instructor and rapper and much more. In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique".

Muhammad, who hosted the doll's debut, says she is excited about the Barbie. "Ideal hijab moment right here-this is awesome", she exclaimed. "Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented". "I played with Barbie for a long time, what some people may call an uncomfortably long time", she joked. "I know that as an athlete I have larger legs - these strong legs that we use, especially fencers, to propel ourselves into lunges - and it was important for me to have my doll be as close to my likeness as possible".

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