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This Artist Has Been Turning Barbies Into Muslim Women Icons

Ibtihaj Muhammad and Ilhan Omar have gotten the “Hijarbie” treatment.

A Muslim lifestyle blogger has been restyling Barbies as powerful Muslim women icons, packing a whole lot of spunk into a tiny figurine.

Haneefah Adam is a 26-year-old medical scientist and artist based in Ilorin, Nigeria. She’s the woman behind the popular @hijarbie Instagram account, where she posts images of Barbies that young Muslim girls who wear the hijab can identify with.

In addition to showcasing modest fashion, Adam has been turning photos of popular Muslim fashion icons into Barbies.

Modest fashion has taken off on Instagram, with many Muslim women posting style tips on how to wear and find fashionable headscarves and dresses that meet religious requirements. Some of these Instagram stars have amassed a substantial audience on the platform, scoring business deals with fashion brands and becoming savvy businesswomen in their own right.

Adam has given a few Muslim fashion bloggers the “Hijarbie” treatment ― stars like the Indonesian fashion designer Dian Pelangi, the American Muslim fashion blogger Leena Asad, and the Qatar-based YouTuber and blogger Eslimah.

Adam said she looked for women who are positive examples for young Muslim girls, and who have had an impact on the world around them. Her goal was to honor the accomplishments of these women.

“We need positive role models we can look up to and hopefully emulate to true success,” Adam told The Huffington Post in an email.

Around the time of the 2016 Olympics, Adam started turning her attention to hijab-wearing ladies outside of the fashion sphere. She was especially inspired by the sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel, the first Saudi Arabian woman…

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