Barbie is truly international. Girls all over the world love her, and now she has a hijab to appeal to the Middle Eastern customers. Barbie dolls are changing with the times with evolving body shapes and even being featured on Instagram pages.
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Twenty-four-year-old Haneefah Adam from Nigeria did not see Barbies wearing modest clothing that covers the whole body. So two months ago, she started an Instagram account with the handle @hijarbie.
In interviews, she explains that she makes the clothes for Barbie dolls. The designs are inspired by looks worn by popular Muslim fashion bloggers.
Hijarbie’s outfits are lovely and chic, but Adam hopes to accomplish something through this Instagram account. She says, “I want [girls] to be inspired—this is about having an alternative and creating an awareness of having toys that adopts your religion and culture and in your own likeness, which at the end of the day, leads to an improvement in self-esteem.”
She believes that it’s important to create a sense of value in a Muslim child, especially a female child. When a child is more confident, they will be more driven and believe in themselves more. Dressing up Barbie in clothes that a Muslim actually wears will create a sense of belonging and hopefully have a positive impact.
Adam explains that the dolls available in Nigeria aren’t racially diverse. She had trouble locating a black doll. She says she would have loved to dress a black doll too.