We want to take a moment to send our heartfelt congratulations to Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, who were both elected to US Congress. Both Muslim. Both absolute bosses. Both the role models American Muslim girls (and girls everywhere) need.
While we were wholeheartedly celebrating their win, we learnt that our Salam Sisters has been mentioned alongside this historic achievements of theirs. This of course gave our whole team some more happy news to celebrate.
Earlier this year I read an article about the Salam Sisters, hijab-wearing dolls that come in many of the skintones of the Muslim diaspora, and immediately ordered one for my 7-year-old cousin. Yasmina, a brown-faced beauty wearing a purple removable hijab, arrived at our door. Tucked inside the box was also a sturdy brush for her long, black hair, visible when she chooses to not wear her hijab. It's the doll I wish I had as a kid growing up in New York City in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the proud child of Muslim immigrants, with few Muslim figures in American culture or politics to see myself in. Now my cousin has the Salam Sisters, and we both have Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
That's what we're about at Salam Sisters; channelling the achievements of real Muslim women into our dolls' stories & world to inspire our coming generation.