Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Barbie releases dolls honoring role models ahead of International Women's Day

Barbie releases dolls honoring role models ahead of International Women's Day

Snowboarder Chlow Kim couldn't hold back her excitement and tweeted, " I'm so happy to be honoured as a Barbie Shero alongside these incredible women".

To celebrate International Women's Day the creators of Barbie, Mattel, have given Barbie the makeover we've all been waiting for. we just wish they would have been around when we were younger.

Mattel's line has previously produced figurine likenesses of activist Ashley Graham, Long Beach-born film director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copland, a San Pedro native.

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As part of the #MoreRoleModels campaign, Barbie also shared a video on YouTube which features some of the women with their dolls.

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Ahead of International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8 every year to commemorate the movement for women's rights, American company Mattel has announced the launch of 17 historical and modern-day role models from around the world. "But, no matter how much she explained to me why this was best, I couldn't let go of wanting one and became completely obsessed with getting a Barbie of my own".

Other women who are having dolls in their likeness include United States snowboarder Chloe Kim, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin, the French chef Helene Darroze and the Chinese actress and philanthropist Guan Xiaotong.

"Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie", Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager for the Barbie brand, said in a press release Tuesday. They are: Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson.

Over the last few years Mattel has been shifting toward including more relatable dolls, adding dolls with different skin tones, hairstyles, outfits and flat feet in 2015; new body types in 2016; and the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll in 2017.

That's why, according to HuffPost, Mattel has chose to make a brand-new collection called "Inspiring Women". These dolls are all now one-of-a-kinds and won't be on sale. The brand also hopes to highlight role models who represent diverse professions and cultural backgrounds.

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