Barbie is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month and in honor of that, they have created some pretty cool dolls honoring several women including Yara Shidi and tennis champ Naomi Osaka.
According to the press release, one dollar from every doll sold will be donated to the Dream Gap Project, which is an initiative Mattel has that supports a “level the playing field for girls. Research has shown that starting at age five, girls start doubting their potential, this is the Dream Gap.”
Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president of Barbie, stated that “With more than 200 careers, six runs for president and a trip to the moon before Neil Armstrong, Barbie continues to evolve to be a modern, relevant role model for all ages. The Barbie brand believes girls should never know a world, job, or dream women haven’t conquered. Through our global platform, we are igniting a movement to help close the Dream Gap and further establish Barbie as the ultimate girl empowerment brand.”
Yara shared her doll on Instagram with this message – “I’m honored to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model☀️Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other⭐️ We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine! #YouCanBeAnything #Barbie60 #barbie”
Here is Naomi’s doll:
And here is the full line up of dolls: