March 16, 2018
Mattel has announced 17 new Barbie dolls for a series called "Inspiring Women." The line honors trailblazing women from around the world.
The dolls include artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was celebrated in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.
Although the collection has been positively received for the most part, Kahlo’s family has spoken out.
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I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida’s, not this doll with light-colored eyes.
— Mara Romeo, Kahlo’s great niece, to Agence France-Press
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Meanwhile, Johnson, who is 99 years old, reportedly worked with Mattel to ensure her doll was as accurate as possible.
In addition to those three dolls, which will be available for purchase sometime in 2018, Mattel has added 14 new dolls to its Shero collection.
This collection has honored women including Ava DuVernay and Misty Copeland, who are international, modern-day role models.
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Joining will be Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, conservationist Bindi Irwin and Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, whose doll comes with her snowboad.
Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie.
— Lisa McKnight, Barbie senior vice president and general manager