#Empowered ~ Ibtihaj Muhammad

#Empowered ~ Ibtihaj Muhammad

This week's #Empowered woman is the amazing American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad!

Ibtihaj became the first US woman to wear the Islamic headscarf while competing in the Olympics, securing a Bronze at Rio last year!

Most recently, she has made the news as being the inspiration behind the new Barbie launched by Mattel yesterday!

The New Jersey athlete used to make tiny hijabs as a child out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they would look more like her and her sisters. 

The Barbie is designed in her likeness, and has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head. 

Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique."

We love this!

#EMPOWERED


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