“The possibilities are endless when you experience the world with Barbie. Big dreams are not sold separately!” That inspiring message is the promotional tag-line which appears on the company’s website.

And perhaps the makers at the doll company still believe in that inspirational message targeted for countless generations to little girls around the world, however perhaps with this particular addition to their vast inventory of dolls an “asterisk” might be needed regarding the garb worn, with Mattel’s announcement that it will create a Barbie Doll in the image of Ibtihaj Muhammad the Muslim/American female who competed in last years Olympics wearing the traditional Muslim hijab.

Mattel, the parent company for Barbie, has created hundreds of dolls within its illustrious business model, while always attempting to stay in vogue matching the contemporary trends and changing lifestyles around us.

This series is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

“I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn’t feel included, where I was often in spaces where there was a lack of representation,” Muhammad said Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in New York. “So to be in this moment, as a U.S. Olympian, to have Mattel, such a global brand, diversify their toy line to include a Barbie doll that wears a hijab is very moving to me.”

No doubt Mattel’s attempt at diversity and inclusion is heartfelt, however the “asterisk” wasn’t intended for Ibtihaj Muhammad’s remarkable accomplishment winning the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games, bur rather a factual explanation of what the hijab represents in many Muslim cultures, including oppression of woman, a symbol of modesty, strict separation between men and woman, and in some instances wearing hijab in public is required by law in several Muslim countries…which seems a far cry from Barbie’s inspirational tag-line on their website.

Do you believe that Barbie’s attempt to be politically correct in creating a hijab-wearing Ibtihaj Muhammad doll will backfire?

Source: WSVN

 
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