Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Barbie releases female role model dolls to mark Women's Day

Barbie releases female role model dolls to mark Women's Day

In honor of National Women's Day on Wednesday, Mattel has unveiled a collection of 17 Barbie dolls representing real women-past and present- who serve as role models for girls.

There are also three dolls of important women from history including: Amelia Earhart, aviator; Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist; and Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician.

Just in time for International Women's Day, Mattel is introducing Barbies based on real-life figures.

The world famous brand of dolls even took to Twitter and wrote, " With 86% of U.S. moms anxious about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models in an effort to inspire more girls.

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The company will also release dolls modeled after USA snowboarder Chloe Kim and "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins.

Portrait of Barbie doll with blond hair.

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

The new dolls however keep the unrealistically thin and lean proportions of a classic Barbie doll.

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To mark International Women's Day, toymaker Mattel has revealed Tuesday new dolls inspired by women who have had a significant impact on society. The women include Patty Jenkins, the director of "Wonder Woman", Olympic gold medal winning snowboarder Chloe Kim, Martyna Wojciechowska, a Polish journalist who has climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents, and Nicola Adams, a bisexual British boxer.

These dolls are made to honor the recipients with one-of-a-kind collectibles, so they're not available for purchase.

Over the last few years Mattel has been shifting toward including more relatable dolls, adding dolls with different skin tones, hairstyles, outfits and flat feet in 2015; new body types in 2016; and the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll in 2017.

"Barbie's message to show girls that they can be anything is something I can get behind", Chloe said in a statement to Teen Vogue. Previous honorees in Barbie's "Shero" program include Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay and Ashley Graham.

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