Chicago activist, writer and speaker Yasmina Blackburn’s daughter inspired her to petition for Muslim representation by Mattel, asking them to create a Muslim doll. She shares the story of her identity and her family’s experience in religious communities, as well as how other Muslim families responded to the doll.
Eid-al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that means “Festival of Breaking Fast” in Arabic. It comes at the end of Ramadan, a holy month of prayer and fasting.
She asked for Muslim representation in the doll line for her daughter. The Company responded they had no plans to incorporate Muslim holidays into their line, though they had products for Christmas and Hannukah.
They decided to incorporate the Eid outfit after Blackburn’s letter.
“I am thrilled to work with American Girl in making their products more inclusive,” said Blackburn, “especially celebrating Muslim holidays and traditions. I worked closely with the designers to ensure the first outfit was typical of an American Muslim girl and not feeding Oriental stereotypes.
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