Introducing the new 'hijab-wearing' Barbie

Published: February 5, 2016
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24-year-old Haneefah Adam has paved the way for a new Barbie.
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

24-year-old Haneefah Adam has paved the way for a new Barbie. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

The world was recently introduced to Barbie in three new body sizes, petite, tall and curvy, but now 24-year-old Haneefah Adam has paved the way for ‘Hijarbie’, a hijab-wearing Barbie.

Haneefah Adam, a Muslim girl from Nigeria, created an Instagram account a few months ago, to showcase her Barbie sporting a hijab in a collection of customised outfits which she sews herself.

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She told Buzzfeed that the outfits are “inspired by the normal everyday look of a hijabi girl.”

The lovely @withloveleena !! #hijarbie #LadyInRed #hijarbiestyle #hijabfashion

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

Pastel Floral prints with @eslimah !! #hijabfashion #hijarbiestyle

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

She first got the idea when she came upon the hugely popular Instagram account Barbie Style, an unofficial Barbie account which features the doll in everyday life.

“It got me thinking about how I’d actually like to see a doll dressed up like I would have — covered up,” Adam told Mic. “I was mulling about the idea for about three months while I was still studying for my master’s degree in the UK. When I got back to Nigeria, I went to the mall, purchased a doll, dressed it up, documented it and here we are.”

Today is February 1st and it's #WorldHijabDay! What does the hijab mean to you? #hijarbiestyle #hijarbie #hijabfashion

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

Adam explained, “My hope with this account is to create a positive impact and awareness.”

“I want Hijarbie to inspire the Muslim girl child. It’s about having a doll that looks like her, that represents her own cultural and religious background,” she added.

Adam, who wears a scarf, explains the important role hijab plays in her life and hopes that this doll reflects that for other girls who also cover their heads.

Monochrome Outfit details: Check tunic and wide legged trouser. #Hijarbie #hijarbiestyle #hijabfashion

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

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“Hijab means modesty to me and it’s my unique identity. It’s my crown and it represents my own personal control over the way I want to be seen. Not leaving out the fact that it’s a religious induction,” she said.

In an interview with Refinery29, she further explained her view. “By ‘hijabifying’ a doll, a sense of value is created [for] a Muslim girl,” said Adam. 

Adam’s work has caught the world’s attention, with Cosmopolitan and even Italian Vogue talking about the latest Barbie creation.

Now, to answer what we’re all dying to ask: Will Hijarbie’s clothes be up for sale? YES. Adam told Buzzfeed, “it’s being seriously worked on now. So they will be available for sale soon.”

With over 11,000 Instagram followers already, Adam is going to have to start sewing at lightning speed. Here are a few more of her designs:

Have an amazing day filled with sunshine and love! #Hijarbie #hijarbiestyle #hijabfashion

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

Who loves a tutu skirt as much as I do!

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

Hey there! #Hijarbie #hijabfashion #hijabmuslim #hijarbiestyle

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

All black everything! #hijarbie #hijarbiestyle #hijabfashion #barbiestyle #abaya

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

Mustard yellow and burgundy. Dabbling into jewel tones #Hijarbie #instafashion #hijabfashion #hijarbiestyle

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

#hijabstyle #maxiskirt #hijabfashion #instafashion

A photo posted by Mini Hijab Fashion! (@hijarbie) on

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 5, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Not sure if I like this . Recommend

  • AJ
    Feb 6, 2016 - 4:21AM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    If barbie can wear bikini, then she should be allowed to wear hijab too. Don’t be like a male-dominated extremist Western country where women don’t have freedom to wear hijab and are frequently targeted by extrremists.Recommend

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