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International Women’s Day: 17 real, inspiring women to be honoured with special Barbie line



You might never have approved of Barbie dolls, or the message they send across to little girls across the world. But this International Women’s Day, you can actually get access to dolls that are truly inspiring and encouraging.

Mattel, the toy company that makes Barbie dolls, has launched a new line of Barbies, called Shero–all inspired by real-life role models!

And who all does the line include? Well, apart from historical figures like Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart, it includes contemporary icons who are doing path-breaking work in their own fields.

These are the women who are now being immortalised as Barbie dolls: Patty Jenkins (director, USA), Chloe Kim (Olympic snowboarding champion, USA), Bindi Irwin (conservationist, Australia), Nicola Adams, (boxing champion, UK), Cagla Kubat (windsurfer, Turkey), Helene Darroze, (world-renowned chef, France), Hui Ruoqi (volleyball champion, China), Leyla Piedayesh (designer and entrepreneur, Germany), Lorena Ochoa (professional golfer, Mexico), Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist, Poland), Sara Gama (soccer player, Italy), Xiaotong Guan (actress and philanthropist, China), Yuan Yuan Tan, (prima ballerina, China), Vicky Martin Berrocal (entrepreneur and fashion designer, Spain)

“Barbie honors women who have broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to the next generation of girls with a one-of-a-kind doll made in their likeness,” Mattel announced in a statement, Time.com reveals.

“These women come from diverse backgrounds and fields and are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls,” the statement said. “With 81 percent of moms globally worried about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, Barbie is igniting a conversation around the importance of positive role models.”

Kim and Jenkins have already taken to Twitter to share their positive feelings about this new line. Other users have also given positive responses to the new line, and some have also asked for similar Barbie dolls inspired by personalities like Mother Teresa and Oprah Winfrey.

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