New doll depicts diverse beauty

Imagine a world where young girls can grow up seeing dolls that look exactly like they do. Haneefah Adam did, and that’s why she created the “hijarbie.”

According to the Huffington Post, the 26-year-old medical student and artist from Nigeria created an Instagram account in which she “posts images of Barbies that young Muslim girls who wear the hijab can identify with,” showing off modest fashion ideas on Barbie-like dolls.

But beyond providing fashion tips, Adam also took to styling the dolls in the likenesses of prominent Muslim women, reports HuffPost. For example, HuffPost says she has dressed the dolls to resemble bloggers like Leena Asad, American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad who competed at the Rio Olympics wearing a hijab and the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator in the United States Ilhan Omar.

For Adam, the dolls are about more than creating miniatures of famous Muslim women; they are about celebrating everything that they are while honoring her own faith.

“These women are among beautiful Muslim women that celebrate their unique identity with pride while still succeeding in their different fields,” Adam wrote, according to HuffPost. “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.”



Women win big in Election 2016

There were a lot of firsts in Election 2016 — especially for women being elected to public office. According to Women in the World, “the number of women of color in the U.S. Senate quadrupled with victories in California, Illinois and Nevada.”

Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) won her Senate seat from incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk, reports ELLE. An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth joins Mazie Hirono of Hawaii as one of two Asian-American women in the Senate, says Women in the World. 

But Duckworth wasn’t the only woman to win a Senate seat this election. Women in the World reports that Kamala Harris beat out Loretta Sanchez in California, making her “the first black politician to represent California in the Senate and only the second black woman ever elected to the chamber,” according to ELLE.

Other women elected to Congress in a round of first include Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who ELLE reports became the first Latina elected to the Senate;  Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), who Women in the World says became the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress; and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who ELLE says is the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.

Congratulations to all!