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Barbie dolls will now look like the sheroes we look up to

Chloe Kim, Patty Jenkins just got their own Barbie dolls ahead of International Women's Day Nicola Adams Honored By Mattell, Gets Her Own Barbie Doll
Delia Stanley | 09 March, 2018, 09:50

The line will be adding women from around the world who have made herstory in their diverse industries such as Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, and Nicola Adams.

Mattel announced this week 17 new Barbie dolls including Johnson to celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday.

U.S. toymaker Mattel on Wednesday unveiled a new line of Barbie dolls based on accomplished women that include USA snowboarder Chloe Kim, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Mattel's decision to make the dolls is based on a global survey of 8,000 mothers it conducted in which 86% of respondents said they were anxious about the kind of role models that their daughters were exposed to. Each doll comes with information regarding the women who inspired them and their contribution to society.

The range also includes Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, French chef Hélène Darroze and German designer Leyla Piedayesh.

The "Inspiring Women" doll line has launched just in time for National Women's Day.

Chloe Kim, Bindi Irwin, and Patty Jenkins are all part of the "Global Shero" line, which are one-of-a-kind and not now for sale.

Barbie is honoring 14 modern-day role models as part of its Global Sheroes series ahead of International Women's Day.

Little Miss Inventor, a female engineer who sports a spanner and pencils in her hair, aims to provide a positive role model and challenge stereotypes about STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - where women are often underrepresented.

- Ahead of International Women's Day this week, Mattel announced on Tuesday it's rolling out 17 new Barbie dolls, created to inspire young girls with role models from past and present. However, while the new collections feature different body sizes, the dolls still share Barbie's unrealistic body standards, critics point out.

Jenkins, a Victorville resident, called it a "great way to inspire the girls of tomorrow".

The dolls will start to roll out to stores nationwide soon but are currently for pre-sale now on the Barbie website.

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