Barbie trades in tank tops for prayer dress
An Indonesian Muslim woman has created a modest alternative to barbie, Salma. It's surprising that Mattel didn't come up with this idea themselves, but perhaps it required the first hand sensitivity of an observant Muslim woman to think of it. Maybe this will inspire a new trend of dolls that conform to religious mandates. I wonder if the Saudi Arabian version will be allowed to drive in one of those little Barbie jeeps.
An Indonesian has come up with a modest alternative to the popular doll which she hopes will inspire virtue in Muslim girls.
Called Salma, from the Arabic word for peace, the doll comes dressed in a variety of costumes, ranging from the black "abaya" cloak to a loose-fitting white prayer dress.
All Salma's clothes are long-sleeved and down to her ankles and come with matching headscarves that cover her hair.
Salma's creator, businesswoman Sukmawati Suryaman, said she was inspired to create a modestly dressed doll last year after seeing her niece playing with Barbie.
"I remember thinking that I wish we had Muslim dolls like these as we all know that children easily imitate their toys," she told Reuters.