The latest line of Barbie dolls will not only leave women but also little girls feeling empowered. Mattel’s new range of Barbie dolls resemble strong women such as Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson.
The idea behind this new range was to pay a tribute to the women who have proved their mettle in their respective fields. For example: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Similarly, Kahlo was a Mexican artist who used her paintings and her artwork to champion feminism. Johnson, on the other hand, made a mark for the black women in the field of mathematics and even went on to calculate a plethora of trajectories for NASA. Her life story was brought forth through ‘Hidden Figures’, a popular movie of 2016.
The new line of dolls is named “Inspiring Women” and will have information of the personalities along with the doll. The Barbie dolls will be manufactured in large numbers for ensuring that the educational value is widespread and will be on shelves sooner than later.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, said:
“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.”
“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.”
At a ripe age of 99, Katherine Johnson worked meticulously to ensure her doll came close in resemblance to her personality.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Barbie’s new range, dedicated solely for this day will be available in stores. The line which is named “Shero” will mark respect to 14 modern-day role models from all across the world. Women from all walks of life who have broken the glass ceiling and set standards in their field will be celebrated.
The 14 path breaking women are: Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. The ones already honored are: Director Ava DuVernay, actress Emmy Rossum, ballerina Misty Copeland and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
Here’s a glimpse of the 14 ‘Shero’ dolls:
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