Toy manufacturer Mattel has announced plans to release 14 new dolls, each resembling an important female figure including conservationist Bindi Irwin, snowboarder Chloe Kim, boxer Nicola Adams and German designer Leyla Piedayesh in honor of International Women’s Day.
According to The Daily Mail, the dolls are a part of a new series by the Barbie producers called ‘Inspiring Women’ and will feature the likenesses of women such as Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson and will pay tribute to women who have inspired others through their work, achievements and activism.
Mattel is releasing a series of dolls as a recognition of some of the most inspiring women in history
American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson
The line will also include sports stars, philanthropists and fashion icons
The series spans across sports and art to journalism and mathematics, and each doll will be coming with educational materials pertaining to the person it represents.
“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,” Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, explained in a press release.
“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.”
Spanish designer Vicky Martin Berrocal
Australian wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin
The series is honoring International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March
Sporting icons such as American snowboarding star Chloe Kim, British boxer Nicola Adams and Chinese volleyball player Hui Ruoqi are also part of the ‘Inspiring Women’ line, as is Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
This isn’t the first time the Californian toy company has paid tribute to strong and influential women: their ‘Sheros’ line already boasts dolls that look like ballerina Misty Copeland, gymnast Gabby Douglas and actress Emmy Rossum.
German designer Leyla Piedayesh
Chinese volleyball star Ruoqi Hui
French chef Helene Darroze
Katherine Johnson who is today 99-years-old is one of the ladies who collaborated with Mattel on her doll – one of the first three to be released alongside Frida Kahlo’s and Amelia Earhart’s.