Barbie always has been the favorite dolls for every girl in her childhood. Kids around the world will soon be able to own a Barbie doll bearing the likeness of Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart or Katherine Johnson.
“Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” Senior Vice President and General Manager of Barbie, Lisa McKnight, said in a news release.
The dolls, which are part of Mattel’s new series called Inspiring Women, will be mass produced and sold in stores. The toy company does not have an exact date for when they will hit shelves but said each will come with educational information about the woman who inspired it.
In the honor of International Women day, the company added new additions to its Shero program, which began in 2015. The initiative has already honored such history-making women like Ibtihaj Muhammad, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Eva Chen, and Ashley Graham. Now, it’s celebrating even more modern-day figures: gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, and world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze. Scroll down to check out these inspiring dolls!
Barbie surveyed 8,000 mothers and found out that 86% of them are worried about limited numbers of role models their daughters are exposed to.
In response, the company has released a series of empowering women dolls from both the past and present.
Frida Kahlo, Artist
Martyna Wojciechowska, Journalist
Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer
Ashley Graham, Model And Body Activist
Hélène Darroze, World-Renowned Chef
Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician, And Physicist
Sara Gama, Soccer Player
Yuan Yuan Tan, Prima Ballerina
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing Champion
Leyla Piedayesh, Designer and Entrepreneur
Xiaotong Guan, Actress And Philanthropist
Bindi Irwin, Conservationist
Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics Champion
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding Champion
Hui Ruoqi, Volleyball Champion
Ava Duvernay, Film Director
Nicola Adams Obe, Boxing Champion
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