In the last few years, international toy company Mattel has been working hard at pushing the boundaries of inclusiveness through their iconic products, especially Barbie.
Last year, for the first time in 55 years, the company released tall, petite and curvy variations of their best-selling doll in seven new skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, and a wide range of clothes and accessories.
The introduction of these diverse dolls was preceded by the “Sheroes” line, which features one-of-a-kind custom dolls honoring inspiring women who continue to break boundaries. So far they have created dolls in the likeness of Trisha Yearwood, Ava DuVernay, Misty Copeland, Kristin Chenoweth, plus size model Ashley Graham, and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas.
This week, Barbie announced that they have added another strong woman to their lineup, and it is their first hijab-wearing doll.