We all remember a time when Barbie’s most recognisable qualities were her platinum hair, tiny waist and massively above average chestal region, but not anymore.
Mattel’s 2 lines of newly-branded dolls are finally inspired by women that children can look up to, taking their form from modern-day role models and historically groundbreaking women. However, how many of these women can you actually name?
The first line known as the ‘Global Shero’ line, honours 14 contemporary women who have broken traditional boundaries in their fields.
From left to right, these fierce females are: Spanish actress Vicky Martin Berrocal, Chinese actress Xiaotong Guan, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin, Italian football star Sara Gama, American snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, Polish TV presenter Martyna Wojciechowska, UK Boxing champ Nicola Adams OBE, Chinese ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, American film director Patty Jenkins, French chef Hélène Darroze, Chinese volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, and Iranian fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Barbie has honoured women. They have been recognising ‘Sheroes’ since 2015, making one-of-a-kind dolls for inspirational ladies such as Ibtihaj Muhammad, Misty Copeland and Ashley Graham, but none of these dolls, including the ‘Sheroes’ named above have ever been up for sale, but instead given as one-of-a-kind gifts to the women they honour.
Contrarily, and thankfully, the new ‘Inspiring Women’ line, currently made up of 3 dolls, will be available for fans to actually scoop up. The wonder women of this line are American aviator Amelia Earhart, African-American mathematician and ‘human computer’ for NASA Katherine Johnson and Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, who is proving so far to be the most popular of the incredible trio.
The ‘Inspiring Women’ dolls will be released one-at-a-time throughout the course of this year, with Frida already making her public debut on March 8th. It appears however that Mattel did not get permission from Kahlo’s estate to use the likeness of the surrealist painter on the doll, so a descendant of hers is now in dispute with the company. Let’s hope they are able to sort that out quickly!