Photo: Courtesy Hello Hijab
Barbie has been everything from a doctor to a firefighter to a paleontologist (seriously), and now she can help fight Islamophobia with tiny hijabs made by Hello Hijab, a new initiative from a Pittsburgh-based non-profit called For Good.
The project was started by three mothers, Gisele Fetterman, Safaa Bokhari and Kristen Michaels, with the hopes of raising awareness and helping young hijab-wearers feel represented in a way that rarely happens in mainstream media. The group’s goal is to aid and uplift marginalized groups, and what better what to do that than by providing children with toys that promote conversations about diversity and inclusion?
“Hello Hijab believes that while we may look different and have different beliefs, our similarities far outweigh our differences. We strive for a world where we all live and love together,” a statement on the project’s website reads.
The headscarves are made using hijabs donated by women in the community, as well as from new materials. They cost $6 each and will be available for order as of April 1. Each order will come with a handwritten note explaining the history and importance of the hijab for children, and 100% of the proceeds will go to “support organizations that protect and honor our multicultural communities.”
Mattel has been making positive strides towards updating Barbie’s image for the 21st century. They recently released a doll based on plus-size model Ashley Graham and created another collection of “petite, tall, and curvy” dolls that also come in a variety of skin tones. But the fact that three mothers from Pennsylvania figured out before they did that Barbie should also have the option to wear a hijab, is a little sad. If anyone from Mattel happens to be reading this, well, maybe you should consider hiring these women in some capacity.