LOOK: These Barbies are inspired by iconic real-life women

LOOK: These Barbies are inspired by iconic real-life women
Kids can now play with Barbies that look like Frida Kahlo, Patty Jenkins, and Amelia Earhart – just in time for International Women's Month

MANILA, Philippines – In celebration of Women’s Month, Mattel, the company behind Barbie, released a set of dolls featuring iconic women of the past and present.

Among the women immortalized as Barbie are Amelia Earhart, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, artist Frida Kahlo,  Australian conservationist Bindi Iriwn, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, and Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan.

FIERCE WOMEN. From left: Amelia Earhart, Frida Khalo, and Katherine Johnson Barbie dolls.


Bindi Irwin



Patty Jenkins



Snowboard champion Chloe Kim


Chinese ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan

Also included in the lineup are snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, female boxer Nicola Adams Obe, designer Leila Piedayesh, actress Xiantong Guan, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Guma, French chef Hélène Darroze, Chinese volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, and Spanish designer/entrepreneur Vicky Martin Berrocal.





The line is part of the Shero collection, which takes images of inspirational women and turns them into Barbies. The collection was launched in 2015 and has since transformed many women into the iconic doll, including model and body activist Ashely Graham and ballerina Misty Copperland.

In a press release to US media, senior vice president and general manager for Barbie Lisa McKnight said that this 2018 rollout is their biggest lineup to date.

“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,” McKnight said.

The Amelia, Frida, and Katherine dolls are the only dolls currently up for sale online, and Mattel has yet to announce if the other dolls will be sold. – Rappler.com

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