The $6 wraps from Hello Hijab are fit for all fashion dolls
Inclusion looks good on you, Barbie.
For Good, a small Pittsburgh nonprofit, has crafted hijabs for children to put on their dolls. It hopes that by encouraging tolerance of the cultures that wear headscarves during playtime, this acceptance will spread from Toyland to the real world.
“A hijab is the traditional covering for the hair and neck that is worn in public by some Muslim women,” For Good cofounders Gisele Fetterman and Kristen Michaels explain on their website. “Hello Hijab believes that while we may look different and have different beliefs, our similarities far outweigh our differences. We strive for a world where we all live and love together.”
The group’s $6 handmade “Hello Hijab” wraps go on sale in the U.S. on April 1, with all proceeds benefiting nonprofits supporting local organizations working toward human rights and diversity work. Many of the tiny hijabs are even recycled from headscarves donated by Muslim women who also want a better future for their daughters.
Muslim Americans have long been been targeted by hate crimes and anti-Islam rhetoric, which the Pew Research Center reported spiked to 9/11-era levels last year. Women wearing headscarves have been especially vulnerable, so For Good hopes that Hello Hijab will normalize religious wear. Barbie is still Barbie, whether she covers her head with a hijab or a hat.
“During these tense and very charged times, this concept might sound naive — and maybe it is,” the nonprofit organizers added. “But we believe that there has never been a better time to reach out and do something positive for someone else.”
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