Barbie Released a Line of Dolls Inspired by Real-Life Super Women

There is no job or dream too big to achieve.
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Mar 2019
mattel makes barbie's modeled after real life super women
Photo: Courtesy Mattel, Inc.

In honor of Barbie’s 60th anniversary—and coincidentally just in time for International Women’s Day—the brand released a new line of dolls inspired by female role models from around the world.

The special collection is its largest and most diverse lineup of females yet, featuring more than 20 kick-butt women from 18 different countries. From activisists, actresses, athletes and everything in between, the dolls remind kids there is no job or dream too big to achieve.

Check out a roll call of some of the leading ladies:

  • Maya Gabiera, a surfer from Brazil
  • Naomi Osaka, a tennis player from Japan
  • Kristina Vogel, a cycling champion from Germany
  • Tessa Virtue, an ice skater from Canada
  • Yara Shahidi, an actress from the US
  • Adwoa Aboah, an activist and model from the UK
  • Dipa Karmakar, an artistic gymnast from India
  • Chen Man, a photographer from China
  • Ita Buttrose, a journalist from Australia

The collection of fierce females is just one of many ways Barbie is commemorating its milestone birthday. Last month, it introduced its most inclusive line of dolls to date, including a doll who uses a wheelchair and one who has a prosthetic leg. The company is also doing its part to give back by launching the Barbie Dream Gap Project Fund. To kick it off, the company will donate one dollar from every doll sold in the US up to $250,000 to organizations aimed at leveling the playing field for girls. Click here to learn more about all of this year’s initiatives.

Barbie’s world has changed a lot in the last 60 years, and that’s something we can all get behind.

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