Hijarbie is the brainchild of 24-year-old Nigerian medical scientist Haneefah Adam who wanted to see herself reflected in the popular dolls. Adam was inspired after perusing Barbie’s official style account on Instagram.
She spoke to Mic.com about it;
“It got me thinking about how I’d actually like to see a doll dressed up like I would have — covered up… I was mulling about the idea for about three months while I was still studying for my master’s degree in the U.K. When I got back to Nigeria, I went to the mall, purchased a doll, dressed it up, documented it and here we are.”
The dolls are absolutely adorable, but many have pointed out that there are no black or brown ones featured. Adam says it’s an issue of availability.
“The simple truth is, I couldn’t find the Different types in Nigeria (no Amazon or eBay or anything, Lol), I’d have loved to dress up a black doll myself too. I’ve ordered for some internationally and they’ll soon be here. I basically started with what I had.”
So how does Adam come up with Hijarbie’s looks?
“Adam, who is also launching a modest lifestyle brand called Hanie, makes all the dresses and hijabs herself. Lately, she’s been designing and sewing looks based off popular Muslim fashion bloggers, like Habiba Da Silva and Leena Asad.”
This is beyond cute! Go to Hijarbie’s Instagram account to see more.
Ladies, what are your thoughts?