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These Real-Life Role Models Just Got Their Own Barbie Dolls

So, which inspiring African woman should be getting her own Barbie?


Chandré Davids |

We all remember playing with Barbie, who had, like, a million jobs, a Malibu mansion… and Ken – she literally had it all. Well, Barbie just got a whole lot more inspiring, with a new line of dolls showcasing real-life Sheroes (female heroes), who have broken the glass ceiling and are proving that anything is possible.

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For International Women’s Day (8 March), Barbie has debuted 17 new dolls honouring female heroes from the past and present. With 14 , including Nicola Adams, the only woman ever to have held four amateur boxing titles (yup!), Lorena Ochoa, one of the top female golfers in the world, and Chole Kim, the youngest woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding.

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They also introduced a new line of Inspiring Women dolls featuring the first female aviator, Amelia Earhart, artist and activist Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in mathematics, who broke barriers in race and gender.

According to their site: “These dolls pay tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.”

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“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager, Barbie. We totally agree.

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