Nigerian scientist Haneefa Adam designed a unique Barbie doll named “Hijarbie,” which distinguishes itself from the standard Barbie by featuring a hijab, vibrant headscarves, and beautiful dresses. The purpose of this doll is to serve as a positive role model for Muslim girls, offering them a relatable figure. Haneefa drew inspiration from an Instagram account and aimed to create dolls that accurately represent Muslim culture. Despite facing criticism from some individuals, Haneefa believes that Hijarbie contributes to enhancing understanding and respect for Muslim identity.
The response to Hijarbie on social media has been overwhelmingly positive, and Haneefa plans to create more diverse dolls, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the uniqueness of every individual.