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Meet The 17 Female Role Models Who Inspired This Empowering Line of Barbie Dolls

Gone are the days when every Barbie doll in the toy store looked the same! Breaking free from the usual fair-skinned, blue-eyed, and blonde-haired dolls we grew up playing with, Barbie unveils a more diverse collection of dolls, representing more women from different backgrounds, professions, and races. In their International Women's Day campaign, #MoreRoleModels, these dolls are here to encourage girls to become anything they want to be.

"As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest lineup of role models timed to International Women's Day because we know that you can't be what you can't see," said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Barbie. "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.

Barbie's #MoreRoleModels movement features two series. The first line, Inspiring Women, features historical icons who had a huge impact on society through their respective professions. Here are the three dolls in the collection:

 

1. Frida Kahlo (Fine Artist, Mexico)

Kahlo is an arist, an activist and a feminist icon known for her self-portraits. She tackled important topics like identity, class, and race. 

 

 

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2. Amelia Earhart (Aviation pioneer, USA)

Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, in an attempt to set the record as the first female to fly around the world, her plane disappeared without a trace. Today, she is celebrated for challenging gender stereotypes with her groundbreaking achievements and heroism. 

 

 

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3. Katherine Johnson (NASA Mathematician and Physicist, USA)

Johnson is an African-American woman who challenged both gender and race in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She calculated the flight path for NASA's first American mission into space. Get this: her computations were so accurate that when NASA switched to computers, she was asked to double check the results!

 

 

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On the other hand, Barbie's Shero line, which started in 2015, honors modern-day women role models around the world. Some of the women featured in the inspiring line are: 

 

4. Chloe Kim (Snowboarding Champion, USA)

Kim, 17, is the youngest woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the 2018 PyeongChang games. The athlete is a four-time X Games gold medalist, and is also the first female to bag back-to-back golds in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

 

 

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5. Patty Jenkins (Filmmaker, USA)

Jenkins is a writer and filmmaker best known for directing Wonder Woman and the Oscar-winning feature Monster.

 

 

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6. Nicola Adams Obe (Boxing Champion, UK)

Adams is a British boxer who became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. She bagged gold in 2012 and in 2016 in the women's flyweight division. She is also the only female boxer in history to have held all four amateur titles.

 

 

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7. Ibithaj Muhammad (Fencing Champion, USA)

Muhammad is an American sabre fencer. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, becoming the first female Muslim-American to win a medal. She is also the first Muslim-American woman to don a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. 

 

 

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8. Bindi Irwin (Conservationist, Australia)

Irwin, 18, is a celebrity and an international wildlife conservationist. She has received numerous prestigious awards for both her acting and conservation efforts, including an Emmy and the Australian Geographic Society's Young Conservationist of the Year.

 

 

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9. Hui Ruoqi (Volleyball Champion, China)

Ruoqi is the fifteenth captain of the Chinese women's national volleyball team. She has won several awards, including a gold medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, a silver medal at the World Cup, and another silver medal at the World Championships.

 

 

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10. Ashley Graham (Model and Body Activist, USA)

This body activist is one of the most popular models in the industry. Graham has broken stereotypes for being "plus-sized," appearing on the covers of fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle.

 

 

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11. Hélène Darroze (World-renowned Chef, France)

French chef Hélène Darroze has two Michelin stars and three restaurants: Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London, and Restaurant Hélène Darroze in Paris and Moscow.

 

 

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12. Sara Gama (Soccer Player, Italy)

Gama is currently the captain of the Italian national team. In 2017, she also became the captain of the new women’s team of Juventus. In 2008, she won the 2008 Under 19 European Championship and was hailed as the tournament's MVP.

 

 

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13. Martyna Wojciechowska (Journalist, Poland)

Multi-hyphenate Martyna Wojciechowska is a journalist, traveler, producer, movie director, and an activist for women empowerment. She is the editor-in-chief of Travel Channel and the host of travel TV series, "Women at the End of the World." On top of that, she has also authored 14 bestselling travel and adventure books.

 

 

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14. Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics Champion, USA)

Gabby Douglas was the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics event at the 2012 Games in London. She also bagged first-place medals in 2012 and 2016.

 

 

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15. Xiaotong Guan (Actress and philanthropist, China)

Actress Xiaotong Guan is known as the "Nation's Daughter" in China. Coming from a famiily of actors, she is regarded as one of the “Four Dan actresses of the post-‘90s Generation." She is known for her roles in the films Nuan, The Promise, and The Left Ear, and the popular television series, To Be a Better Man.

 

 

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16. Yuan Yuan Tan (Prima Ballerina, China)

Tan is the prima ballerina and the principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet. She is also guest principal dancer at the Hong Kong Ballet.

 

 

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17. Leyla Piedayesh (Designer and Entrepreneur, Germany)

Piedayesh is the founder of fashion label Lala Berlin. She was the editor of the television show Designerama on German MTV. In 2004, she launched her debut collection of accessories at the fashion tradeshow Premium in Berlin. Today, her brand represents Berlin’s avant-garde style.

 

 

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