Barbie aficionados, rejoice! You will soon have even more unique Barbie dolls to add to your collection.
As reported in Bustle, Barbie will be blowing out her 60 candles pretty soon and to celebrate this significant milestone, the brand is adding 20 new “Sheroes” to the already quite impressive barbie world, just in time for International Women's Day.
Mattel unveiled the new array of Barbie doll personas inspired by famous role models from 20 different countries, speaking 13 languages. In addition to actor, model, and activist Yara Shahidi and tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, Barbie is releasing doll-versions of model and body activist Ashley Graham, film director Ava Duvernay, and supermodel/activist Adwoa Aboah, among many other awesome feminine idols.
The brand chose women from ages 19 to 85 with a diverse array of careers for the new release. Yara Shahidi represents the U.S. and her doll sports a sharp gray suit with a Tory Burch “vote” graphic tee underneath, reminiscent of the shirt she actually wore to the We Vote Next Summit back in September 2018.
Shahidi was chosen for her achievements in acting and activism and for her creation of Yara’s Club in partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC, a digital meet-up for high school students to discuss societal issues, self-improvement, and higher education.
“I’m honored to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model,” Shahidi wrote on Instagram. “Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other. We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine!”
From the U.K., model Adwoa Aboah is recreated in Barbie form. The doll wears a sequin colorful Halpern dress with a Stephen Jones headscarf. Aboah is much more than one of fashion’s most striking faces. The model is behind the Gurls Talk project which inspires discussion of feminist issues.
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Life is mad and wonderful and I’m in total shock! So excited to finally share with you my very own @Barbie Shero doll today. Through my organisation @GurlsTalk and Barbie’s mission to close the Dream Gap, we have both been on journeys to empower girls to believe anything is possible and I’m thrilled to work with Barbie for her 60th Anniversary to share my story and the community we have nurtured on Gurls Talk. What an absolute honor to be awarded this because of all the work I do with Gurls Talk means even more. Mad love to everyone at Barbie and all the amazing artists who made my Doll (by hand). This is a dream come true!!!! My one of a kind doll is wearing the outfit I won model of the year In, another pivotal moment in my career The outfit is by my loves @HalpernStudio and @StephenJonesMillinery Shoes by @LouboutinWorld ♥ and a second outfit repping the love of my life Gurls Talk ♥ I CANT STOP SMILING! #MoreRoleModels #Shero #Barbie60 @BarbieStyle
Another famous Shero is the number one female tennis player in the world, Naomi Osaka, who is the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam and the first Asian to ever hold the top spot in either men’s or women’s tennis. Osaka is the latest athlete to join some other inspiring sports stars with their own Shero, including gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was also the first-ever hijab-wearing doll.
These "sheroes" are a sure way to celebrate women empowerment, independence and confidence around the world. Girl power!