“I want to inspire Muslim girls: my project centres on a doll that looks like a Muslim girl, who represents her cultural identity and religious background,” says the maker of the ‘Muslim Barbie’.
Barbie has worn many different styles, but Barbie wearing a hijab and abaya recently took over Instagram.
‘@Hijarbie’ was created by a 24 year old Nigerian Muslim girl. The account rose in popularity exceedingly quickly on social media due to the elegant clothing of the Muslim Barbie.
Hanifa Adam is the brains behind the account. The recent medical science masters gradaute published her firsts Muslim Barbie photo two months ago.
“I had not seen a Barbie in hijab before, so I created an Instagram account and dressed the Barbie in clothing I hand made. I felt it was very important that the doll dressed the same way I dress.” Hanifa told CNN.
“I want Hijarbie to inspire young Muslim girls. The aim is for her to have a doll that looks like her, and represents her cultural and religious background.” Hanifa told American website BuzzFeed.
The project has been a resounding success so far, and has received a large number of requests from admirers who want to purchase the doll. The Instagram account so far has twenty three thousand followers.
Such has been the demand that Hanifa has decided to launch a range of Hijarbie clothes.
“I have thought about this seriously, the dolls will be available for sale soon.” Hanifa told the website BuzzFeed.
Hanifa wants to develop the account and include different skin colour Barbie dolls, but she hasn’t been able to find them in Nigeria, so has made an appeal for people to send them to her from abroad.
It has been universal praise however, and Hanifa reveals that she receives negative comments from those who think that Muslim women wearing the hijab are oppressed. “Some people think that Muslim women are forced to wear the hijab, but most of us are not. We want to wear the hijab and express our belief this way, and there are many Muslim women who do not wear hijab, but this doesn’t make them less Muslim.”
“In my opinion Hijarbie will be a fantastic platform to promote the Islamic identity and correct the wrong preconceived views about Muslims,” said Hanifa
Well done Hanifa, Yalla loves the spirit.