Chloe Kim, Frida Kahlo and others honored with new Barbie dolls

Simon Moss
March 9, 2018

The collection does serve as one of the most eclectic mixes of women Barbie has put out, from roles in sports and entertainment to conservation and philanthropy.

The French chef, who got her start working at Alain Ducasse's Le Louis XV restaurant in Monaco, was touched by the honor.

Over the last few years Mattel has been shifting toward including more relatable dolls, adding dolls with different skin tones, hairstyles, outfits and flat feet in 2015; new body types in 2016; and the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll in 2017.

"I am so excited and honoured to be Barbie's first ever UK Shero and the first ever boxer Barbie", Nicola said.

Mattel is releasing a new line of dolls based on real-life female role models and historic women, including our very own Bindi Irwin.

The dolls are available for pre-sale on the Barbie website.

According to CNN, Mattel did a survey of about 8,000 moms around the world that found 86 percent are anxious about the types of role models out there for their daughters these days.

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Mattel's Barbie has come a long way from being the blonde babe setting unrealistic beauty standards among young girls to representing women of all sizes and colors. The line up, part of Mattel's "Shero" programme, includes dolls of 14 modern-day role models and three historical role models from diverse professional and ethnic backgrounds.

Nicola, who has twice won Olympic gold medals, is the first United Kingdom star to join Barbie's "Shero" range - created to honor inspiring women.

Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson are in the "Inspiring Women" line.

Ahead of the day, which is on March 8, Barbie released several dolls, including pilot Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Khalo, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, amongst others in what the doll brand calls the " Inspiring Women" and "Shero" lines.

The 17 dolls join the likes of model Ashley Graham, director Ava DuVernay, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and ballet dancer Misty Copeland in being honored as Barbie Sheroes.

They want children to be impacted by these incredible role models.

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