NEW YORK – Celebrating series of shining examples of Muslim women making a difference, a Muslim blogger has embarked on restyling Barbie dolls to porray some powerful Muslim women icons, thus presenting them as role models to young girls.
“We need positive role models we can look up to and hopefully emulate to true success,” Haneefah Adam is a 26-year-old medical scientist and artist based in Ilorin, Nigeria, told The Huffington Post in an email on Thursday, March 30.
Adam is the woman behind the popular @hijarbie Instagram account, where she posts images of Barbies that young Muslim girls who wear hijab can identify with.
Adam said she looked for women of positive examples, having an impact on the world around them, for young Muslim girls, with a goal to honor the accomplishments of these women.
Starting around the date of the 2016 Olympics, Adam was inspired by the sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel, the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympic 100-meter race, and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing the headscarf.
She has also styled dolls depicting Ilhan Omar, America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator, and Samah Safi Bayazid, an American Muslim filmmaker and producer.
“These women are among beautiful Muslim women that celebrate their unique identity with pride while still succeeding in their different fields,” Adam wrote.
Adam has given a few Muslim fashion bloggers the “Hijarbie” treatment, including stars like the Indonesian fashion designer Dian Pelangi, the American Muslim fashion blogger Leena Asad, and the Qatar-based YouTuber and blogger Eslimah.
“Because my faith is an integral part of my lifestyle, it has to reflect in most things I do, which in turn is manifesting in Hijarbie,” Adam wrote.