A gymnastics ‘shero’

A trip to Rio and being dubbed a ‘shero’ all in a matter of days — such is the life of gymnast Gabby Douglas.

According to ESPNW, the reigning all-around champion not only secured a place on the U.S. Olympic team on Sunday, July 10, she also announced her new Barbie doll the following day. The Huffington Post says Douglas took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce the news this way: “Excited to debut my @Barbie Shero doll! Let’s continue to break barriers & dream big, girls!”

The doll is part of Barbie’s recently unveiled ‘Shero’ line, which includes other inspirational women like Ava DuVernay, Misty Copeland and Emmy Rossum, says the Huffington Post.

To say that Douglas is excited to be included in the company’s ‘shero’ doll line is an understatement — in fact, the Huffington Post says Douglas told Mattel that the whole thing leaves her “speechless.”

“I never would’ve thought in a million years that I would be in this spot,” she said in a video promoting the doll on Barbie’s Twitter. “Everyone sees me as a role model and it’s just fantastic.”

Douglas also offered some advice on learning to love yourself in the video, says the Huffington Post.

“Just be you and love yourself and embrace yourself and just really go after what you want,” she said.

Spoken like a true shero. To see pictures of Douglas and her new shero doll, click here. 

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