First hijab-wearing Barbie has been revealed as tribute to Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Harriet Pavey
The new hijab-wearing Barbie, based on Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, was revealed on Monday: Getty Images

The first Barbie doll to wear a hijab has been revealed, inspired by the first US athlete to wear the garment at the Olympics.

The doll – modelled on 31-year-old fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who competed at Rio in 2016 – is part of the 'Shero' line of Barbies that honours women who break boundaries. However it will not be on sale until next autumn.

Previous dolls in the line have included Selma director Ava Duvernay and gymnast Gabby Douglas.

But the doll based on Ms Muhammad is the first one to be designed with a headscarf in Barbie’s 58 years of existence.

Ibtihaj Muhammad poses with her Barbie at Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards (Getty)

She posed with the doll, manufactured by Barbie-makers Mattel, at Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit on Monday.

On Twitter, she thanked the company, saying it was a “childhood dream come true”: