Hernandez gets ‘Shero’ Barbie

We’re doing backflips for Mattel’s latest ‘Shero’ doll.

According to HuffPost, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez now has a Barbie in her likeness created especially for Mattel’s “Shero” line, which already includes dolls modeled after “director Ava DuVernay, dancer Misty Copeland and fellow Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.”

Fully posable, HuffPost says the doll also comes with two leotards and a gym bag, making the doll a perfect mini-me of the gymnast. As for Hernandez, having the doll made in her image was nothing short of a golden moment.

“I was so excited to know that I would have a Barbie that looks like me,” she told HuffPost. “It’s such an honor knowing that I’m a Barbie Shero along with many other incredible women like Misty Copeland and Ashley Graham. I am so excited that kids are going to be able to grow up with people that I looked up to as well, and hopefully they can see me as an inspiration too.”

We’re excited that kids can look up to someone like Hernandez, too.

Barbie unveils new dolls in ‘Inspiring Women’ line

Kids everywhere are about to get some new — and some time-honored — heroes to play make-believe with and look up to.

According to HuffPost, Mattel is adding a host of dolls to their new “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection, which honors women who have made history in their respective fields and industries. This new line includes the likes of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the first female aviator to journey across the Atlantic Ocean Amelia Earhart and boundary-breaker in science and math for NASA Katherine Johnson.

While this line of dolls does not have an anticipated release date, HuffPost says the company is also adding 14 new dolls to their existing “Shero” line, this time honoring modern women who are making a name for themselves in the United States and around the world.

Glamour reports these new inductees include: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins; U.S. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Chloe Kim; Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin; British boxing champion Nicola Adams; Turkish windsurger Çağla Kubat; French chef Hélène Darroze; Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi; German designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh; Mexican pro-golfer Lorena Ochoa; Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska; Italian soccer player Sara Gama; Chinese actor and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan; Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan; and Spanish entrepreneur and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.

Senior Vice president and General Manager of Barbie Lisa McKnight said in a release that the dolls aim to teach girls — and all children — to reach for the stars and dream beyond what they see is presently possible, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day.

“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,” she said, according to HuffPost. “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.”

Shop Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection here.

Douglas becomes a ‘shero’

Gabby Douglas has made two Olympic appearances, won several gold medals and sits atop the world of gymnastics as one of the most celebrated athletes to come out of the sport. But of all of these accomplishments comes one that is all about inspiring young children to follow in her footsteps.

According to HuffPost, Douglas has officially joined Barbie’s “Shero” line with a doll of her own. The line, which “features other badass women like director Ava DuVernay, actress Emmy Rossum and ballerina Misty Copeland,” aims to depict different kinds of female heroes, says HuffPost.

Accompanying her doll is a description of why Douglas was chosen for the line, citing her “confidence, work ethic and belief in herself” as reasons why she is “an extraordinary role model to girls.”

“The Gabby Douglas Barbie® doll celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of this inspiring athlete and earns her role as a Barbie® ‘Shero’ honoree, a female hero inspiring girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.”

For Douglas, the doll is not only inspiring young boys and girls to pursue their dreams, it’s also about quashing limitations placed on us by society based on how we look.

“It’s so important in the African American community to have that doll that looks like you,” she told HuffPost. “For me that’s really big because it sends a positive message saying, you know what you can go out there and achieve your goals no matter what your hair looks like, no matter what color your skin is.”

The doll, which is currently on sale, retails for $24.95.



New doll depicts diverse beauty

Imagine a world where young girls can grow up seeing dolls that look exactly like they do. Haneefah Adam did, and that’s why she created the “hijarbie.”

According to the Huffington Post, the 26-year-old medical student and artist from Nigeria created an Instagram account in which she “posts images of Barbies that young Muslim girls who wear the hijab can identify with,” showing off modest fashion ideas on Barbie-like dolls.

But beyond providing fashion tips, Adam also took to styling the dolls in the likenesses of prominent Muslim women, reports HuffPost. For example, HuffPost says she has dressed the dolls to resemble bloggers like Leena Asad, American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad who competed at the Rio Olympics wearing a hijab and the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator in the United States Ilhan Omar.

For Adam, the dolls are about more than creating miniatures of famous Muslim women; they are about celebrating everything that they are while honoring her own faith.

“These women are among beautiful Muslim women that celebrate their unique identity with pride while still succeeding in their different fields,” Adam wrote, according to HuffPost. “Because my faith is an integral part of my lifestyle, it has to reflect in most things I do, which in turn is manifesting in Hijarbie.”



Schumer to play live-action Barbie

As if a world comedy tour, a forthcoming film with Goldie Hawn and being named the highest paid female comedian weren’t enough, Amy Schumer just scored another major movie deal: to star as Barbie in a new live-action film.

According to InStyle, Deadline reported that the comedian will depict the title character in Sony Pictures’ live-action production, Barbie. But her character won’t experience the Barbie world in any typical fashion.

InStyle explains the film this way:

“Schumer will star as a doll who lives amongst all of the various Barbie characters in Barbieland, but doesn’t quite fit in. Due to the fact that she’s a bit eccentric and not exactly perfect, she ends up getting kicked out and embarking on an adventure in the real world where she comes to realize that what’s on the inside matters more than what’s on the outside.”

USA Today says that Schumer may even have a hand in the screenwriting process: although writer and producer Hilary Winston originally crafted the film’s concept and screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter says “Schumer and her sister, Inside Amy Schumer producer Kim Caramele, are expected to rewrite the script.”

The film will be released in summer 2018, says InStyle, and will have a PG rating.

Graham gets her own Barbie

Following the likes of film director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copeland, model Ashley Graham was recently received an honor only a select few women have received thus far.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a brand-new Barbie is being made in the model’s likeness, furthering Mattel’s latest mission to promote diversity and inclusivity in their dolls. Saying that the doll is “all about advocating for women of all sizes to be represented in the industry,” THR says Graham worked with Graham to create a doll that accurately depicted her likeness — and even included some of her own preferences.

Not only did Graham get to choose what her doll would wear, which THR says is a miniature version of an outfit she’d previously worn — “a sparkly Opening Ceremony bodycon dress, a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket decorated in patches and spiky Pierre Hardy boots” — she also told the designers at Mattel that she wanted her doll to have one very specific feature.

“She had to have her thighs touch,” Graham said, according to THR. Wanting the doll to reflect her as much as possible, Graham also shared that she asked for cellulite to be included on the doll, but “obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand.”

But for her, having the doll lack a thigh gap wasn’t just about being true to her own body; it was also about the message it would send to young girls.

“The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it’s OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful,” Graham told THR.

Hopeful that the doll will help girls accept their bodies as they are, THR says Graham wants her doll to be a source of inspiration for girls everywhere, because “now every girl does look like Barbie. It’s not an unattainable thing.”

To see Graham’s new mini-me, click here.


Madam President

Girls can be successful athletes, talented filmmakers, skilled computer techs or even the president and vice president of the United States. That’s the message behind Barbie’s latest creation.

According to Women in the World, Mattel announced this week that they will begin offering a vice presidential Barbie in addition to their already-available presidential doll. While the presidential Barbie has been available since 1992, the new VP model allows girls to at the very least imagine an all-female president/vice president duo — and maybe even aspire to such a feat.

General Manager and Senior Vice President of Barbie for Mattel Lisa McKnight said that the doll not only allows girls to envision a career in politics for themselves, it also offers a window into the potential of our current presidential race.

“The President and Vice President dolls continue our efforts to expose girls to inspiring careers that are underrepresented by women,” McKnight said, according to Women in the World. “We see this doll set as a timely and topical platform to further the conversation around female leadership.”

On sale for $25, the vice presidential doll comes in a variety of hair colors, skin tones and face shapes, according to Women in the World, and is dressed in a skirt suit or a blouse and blazer. Already equipped with accessories like glasses, heels and pearls, Women in the World says the doll comes with one more thing: “a worksheet designed to inspire girls to consider politics as a career.”

Good work, Mattel.


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. 

It’s ‘game on’ for new Barbie

Mattel seems to be on a mission to show that girls can grow up to be whatever they want to be with their most recent Barbies, and such is the case with their latest release.

According to the Huffington PostMattel has created a new Barbie whose career is that of a game developer. The newest addition to Mattel’s more ‘feminist’ collection dolls is dressed in light-wash jeans, a T-shirt and an olive-green utility jacket; she also deviates from the traditional blonde and brunette Barbies, with red-highlighted hair, says the Huffington Post.

But perhaps her most important accessory is her computer, which features real code on the screen. Molly Proffitt, CEO of Ker-Chunk Games, LLC., worked on the new Barbie with Mattel to make sure that the doll was true to the game developer career — a project that, according to the Huffington Post, was personally important to her. 

“The computer has [Javascript] on it and you can see various instances of game engines on her laptop … I really know that girls need an icon that shows that they can be a part of the [tech] space and Barbie does that. She has power to tell girls they can be makers and builders.”

Game developer Barbie has already been met with much praise, with the Huffington Post reporting that game developer (and feminist) Brianna Wu expressed her excitement over Mattel’s latest addition to the publication this way:

“I just ordered one! … My favorite part of this Barbie is how much she reflects the style of women game developers. Neon hair is a legit fashion trend in the game industry.”

Perhaps Wu said it best when she offered that the new Barbie reflects a shift in career goals among young girls.

“Today, I see a lot of girls that want to grow up to be engineers, not fashionistas. It’s good to see Mattel reflecting that.”

Barbie is ‘en pointe’

Barbie is no longer just the doll of some little girls’ dreams; instead, they have become a way to honor the most prominent female figures of today. First there was Ava DuVernay‘s doll in December 2015, then soccer star Abby Wambach in February 2016 and now ballerina Misty Copeland.

According to Marie ClaireCopeland, the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, will be getting a Barbie of her own that will be part of the doll’s Sheroes line, which “features dolls modeled after Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, and Zendaya, among others.”

Copeland’s Barbie will be wearing an outfit modeled after her Firebird costume, which Marie Claire says “she wore in her first principal role at the American Ballet Theatre.”

Pointing out that she faced many barriers to her success sheerly because she did not look like the typical ballet dancer, Marie Claire says that this gives Copeland’s doll special significance. Copeland also took special care in the design process, making the doll look as close to her actual likeness as possible.

“I was hands on with making sure that she really looked like a dancer and looked like me,” Copeland said on Good Morning America. “She has muscles and calves and thighs and a bust, and those are important to me.”

The Barbie is currently available for purchase here for only $29.95 and will soon be released for sale in stores around the country, according to Marie Claire.