Mattel is turning three historic women into Barbies: Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and Katherine Johnson.
Each has made history in different industries. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic. Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican artists famous for her unique painting and activism. Katherine Johnson pioneered a new course for black women in mathematics. She made significant contributions to NASA, including calculating the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon.
Mattel is calling the new series “Inspiring Women.” They don’t have an exact date for when the dolls will hit the shelves, but said they will include information about each iconic woman to educate and inspire.
Barbie’s senior vice president Lisa McKnight expressed her enthusiasm for the decision to share these historic women in Barbie form. The biggest takeaway from the press release? Barbie is a brand that wants to inspire girls to reach for the stars, and these three women showcase exactly how far that reach can be.
Katherine Johnson, 99, enjoyed the opportunity to work with Mattel to create her doll, ensuring it looked as much like her as possible.
“Shero Line” Features 14 Barbies Based on Modern Day Role Models
In addition to the three new Barbies, they’ve also got a “Shero” line that celebrates International Women’s Day. The line honors fourteen modern-day women role models from across the globe. While these fourteen Barbies are not meant to be sold, they have ended up in stores before.
Those fourteen role models include Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. The Shero line already honors director Aa DuVernay, ballerina Misty Copeland, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, and actress Emmy Rossum.
And the new Barbies aren’t the only thing that Mattel is doing this year to spark the imagination of girls around the world. They’re also bringing back the original Polly Pocket, which inspired young girls to explore big dreams in the smallest of containers.
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