International Women’s Day has inspired toy giant Mattel and that means the ever-iconic Barbie will honor three historically famous women in a new line dubbed Barbie Inspiring Women. Aviatrix Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo and mathematics pioneer Katherine Johnson will each have their likenesses celebrated as their own individual Barbie doll. Here’s the skinny on where to get the new Barbie Inspiring Women series.
Barbie Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa McKnight said in a press release, “As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see.”
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McKnight went on to add, “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”
Each of these stunning Barbie dolls is available for pre-order through the Barbie/Mattel store website and retails for $29.99 per doll. (You can buy all three Barbie Inspiring Women for $80.99 right now as part of a pre-order sale.)
The dolls won’t be available until Apr. 16, and it looks like so far you’ll only be able to buy them at the Barbie Mattel online store.
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But that’s not all—in celebration of Women’s History Month, Mattel will honor 14 modern-day role models as part of its Barbie Shero series, too! If you’re counting, that’s 17 mighty, brilliant, hard-working and all-around awesome women, past and present, that Barbie will honor during Women’s History Month.
Who are some of those IRL role models that Barbie is turning into inspiring one-of-a-kind dolls? Here’s the full, diverse list of the newest Barbie Shero dolls:
- Filmmaker Patty Jenkins (the director of Wonder Woman)
- Gold-Medal Olympian Chloe Kim
- Conservationist Bindi Irwin
- U.K. boxing champion Nicola Adams
- Turkish windsurfer Çağla Kubat
- French chef Hélène Darroze
- Chinese volleyball champ Hui Ruoqi
- Entrepreneur and designer Leyla Peidayesh
- Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa
- Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska
- Italian soccer player Sara Gama
While there’s no information yet on when the Barbie 2018 Shero Class will be released or each doll’s price point, the Gabby Douglas Barbie Shero—modeled after the Gold Medal Olympic gymnast—is currently $24.95 at the Barbie Mattel online store.
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With 86% of US moms worried 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. Join us by sharing your role models using #MoreRoleModels. #IWD2018 #HélèneDarroze #NicolaAdamsObe #ChloeKim #FridaKahlo #IbtihajMuhammad #KatherineJohnson #GabbyDouglas
In honor of famous women role models everywhere, Barbie has asked fans to share their own role models on social media, using use the hashtag #MoreRoleModels.
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