Monday, 16 July, 2018

New Barbie doll modeled after NASA 'hidden figure' Katherine Johnson

Barbie honours boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE for International Women's Day New Barbie doll modeled after NASA 'hidden figure' Katherine Johnson
Stacy Diaz | 07 March, 2018, 12:44

People are most excited about the new Frida Kahlo doll. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. And one of those dolls is in the likeness of Katherine Johnson.

The 14 modern-day role model dolls are not now available for sale just yet.

The new Barbies consist of the Chairman of the AFL, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Governor of the Australian Reserve Bank, Head of ASIO, President of the Australian Olympic Committee, and the First Woman on the Moon.

The overall goal of the latest Shero collection is to ensure young girls from across the world can see their diverse reflections through their dolls.

Finding that 72 per cent of United Kingdom girls are inspired by their role model's achievements, Barbie is asking fans of all ages to share #MoreRoleModels - sparking a global call to action by asking fans to tag and share the female role models that inspire them, using #MoreRoleModels on social media.

The doll features Adams' distinctive hairstyle, and sports boxing gear emblazoned with her trademark "Lioness" nickname.

Toymaker Mattel, whose Barbie dolls have in the past drawn criticism for promoting harmful stereotypes, said on Tuesday it hoped the Adams doll would inspire girls to achieve greatness.

- Ahead of International Women's Day this week, Mattel announced on Tuesday it's rolling out 17 new Barbie dolls, created to inspire young girls with role models from past and present.

The 14 dolls include women in the arts, the culinary industry, and sports.

Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States celebrates winning the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park February 12, 2018.

Bindi Irwin's doll comes with a koala. In addition to Kim, the modern-day dolls include Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins, wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, championship boxer Nicola Adams, windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, and designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh.

Patty Jenkins also shared how honored she was to be included.

The doll stirring up the most buzz is one you can actually buy: legendary artist and activist Frida Kahlo.

Additionally, the toy maker is introducing its first Inspiring Women series, which recognizes notable historical figures.