Recently, Mattel revealed their newest Barbie doll set to release in 2018. The company began in 1959 and has been creating barbies ever since. A few years ago, the company began creating variations on what was previously the "standard." Now, they have multiple shapes, styles, and ethnicities showcased in their dolls.
Now, Mattel has released their latest Barbie doll. While some are praising the company for being "inclusive," others are saying that the outfit the doll is wearing raises many serious questions. For the first time, Mattel revealed that the Barbie will be wearing a headscarf.
Reportedly, the doll was based on Olympic Bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad. In 2016, the sabre competitor wore her hijab at the Rio Olympic games.
The company released the doll as a part of its "Shero" line. The purpose of it was to highlight inspirational women, including Misty Copeland, Emmy Rossum Ava DuVernay, Ashley Graham, and Gabby Douglas.
Muhammad commented on the situation. She said, "I think it's revolutionary for Barbie to take a stand in this moment that we're in- and I would say, as a country, to have a doll wear a hijab and be the first of its kind. There has never been a Barbie doll to wear a hijab before."
She continued, "I'm really excited to have this moment happen in my life and also for all these little girls now who can shop for Barbie doll that may look like them, may wear a hijab like they do, or like their mom does, or like a friend does."
Glamour's editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, said that she believes this move will "play a tremendous role in ensuring that girls of the future see themselves represented fully and beautifully in our culture."
While many people were happy about the new addition to the Barbie collection, others are upset about the move. The majority of negative comments have been about the fact that for many women, the hijab actually represents a system of oppression.
One person wrote, "Very odd that a symbol of female oppression is being called revolutionary."
Others pointed out the fact that many people would celebrate a Barbie wearing a hijab, but those same people would most likely be upset if a Barbie had a Bible or a cross. Some critics of the outfit have said that if it is acceptable to promote this look, it should be acceptable to promote other religions as well.
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