WEB DESK: The world was recently introduced to Barbie in three new body sizes, petite, tall and curvy, but now a Nigerian Muslim girl, Haneefah Adam has paved the way for ‘Hijarbie’, a hijab-wearing Barbie.
Haneefah Adam 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.
In interviews with Mic and BuzzFeed, Adam explained that she makes the clothes for the Barbie dolls herself. The designs are often inspired by looks worn by popular Muslim fashion bloggers.
As chic and lovely as Hijarbie’s outfits are, the best part is what Adam hopes to accomplish through her Instagram account.
“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 told Mic.
“It’s important to create a sense of value in the Muslim child, especially the girl child,” Adam told Mic. “They become more confident, more driven, they believe more in themselves, which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing. Instead of dressing up her dolls in clothes she wouldn’t wear, hijabifying it will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact.”
Adam’s work has caught the world’s attention, with Cosmopolitan and even Italian Vogue talking about the latest Barbie creation.
Adam also told Buzzfeed that they will be available for sale soon, “it’s being seriously worked on now. So they will be available for sale soon.”
Adam explained on Instagram that the dolls she uses for Hijarbie aren’t racially diverse because she has a hard time sourcing any in Nigeria. “I’d have loved to dress up a black doll myself too,” she wrote.
I'm Haneefah Adam (@muslimahanie) a Nigerian and I'm behind #Hijarbie! I also currently own and run a modest lifestyle brand, Hanie (@haniecollection). If you'd like to ask me anything. I'd do my best to answer them now. Meanwhile, some FAQs. Why isn't the page diversified in terms of race: The simple truth is, I couldn't find the Different types in Nigeria (no Amazon or eBay or anything, Lol), I'd have loved to dress up a black doll myself too. I've ordered for some internationally and they'll soon be here 😅 I basically started with what I had. When will purchase be possible: As soon as possible, we are in the process of building a website and working towards production and making hijarbie available for purchase soon. By the way, where are my followers from? xx