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Barbie modelled on hijab-wearing Olympian

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modelled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab.

Mattel Inc says the doll will be available online next autumn. The doll is part of the Barbie "Shero" line that honours women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad said on Twitter that she was "proud" that young people will be able to play with "a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!"

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.

© AP 2017

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