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Meet Hijarbie: The First Barbie Wearing A Hijab

Anokhi Buzz Anokhi DIY Entertainment & Gossip Feb 07, 2016

Barbie is getting back-to-back makeovers.

The world was recently shocked by Barbie's new official makeover, which featured the doll with different body shapes, heights, skin tones and facial structures. Barbie is now more relatable for many girls — in contrast to the original blonde, blue-eyed doll.

Barbie just got another (unofficial) makeover, and she's becoming even more relatable for some girls. Haneefah Adam created a Barbie with a hijab, and thus Hijarbie was born.

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The 24-year-old blogger and medical scientist from Nigeria explains that the idea came from coming across a Barbie style page and wanting to see the doll dress in clothes like her own. “It got me thinking about how I’d like to see a doll dressed up like me — covered up,” she says. “I went to the mall, purchased a doll, dressed it up, documented it and here we are.”

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Hijarbie is the first of her kind, and Haneefa wants the message of inclusivity to be heard. “I'm filling a gap and hoping to create a positive awareness for the Muslim girl,” she says. “I want her to be inspired. This is about creating an alternative and having toys that look like you, which, at the end of the day, leads to better self-esteem.”

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Adam sews the outfits herself and is inspired by the normal, everyday look of a hijabi girl. She's also influenced by many hijabi stylists from social media. The doll's creator is working on selling Hijarbie's clothing as well as the doll itself.

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The response to Hijarbie has been overwhelmingly positive. Adam hopes, in creating Hijarbie, "that it can one day create a sense of value and will inspire girls to be more confident, more driven, and to believe more in themselves which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing".

What do you think about Hijarbie? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Rana Dakakni

Rana Dakakni


Rana is a Journalism graduate from London, Ontario. She is proudly Palestinian but has always had a ever-growing  fascination with South Asian culture and her vast knowledge of Bollywood surprises many.  She is an eyebrow master and lipstick connoisseur, shameless owner of 200 mauve l...


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