Meet hijab Barbie — just in time for Christmas! Talk about mixed messages.
Mattel Inc. has introduced a devout Muslim version of the popular Barbie doll, inspired by American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. She has brown eyes and dark skin, dresses modestly and has long dark hair in a bun that you can’t see.
Some conservatives have criticized Mattel for hijab Barbie. Yes, it is obviously a nod to political correctness and a transparent attempt to keep the Barbie franchise edgy. Muslim modesty is in, both as a fashion and political statement. And the political angle is why we are unlikely to see other avatars of feminine modesty such as evangelical Barbie wearing a cross or frum Orthodox Jewish Barbie in her sheitel. How about Amish Barbie? Buggy sold separately.