March 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Mattel releases Barbie versions of Frida Kahlo, other famous women

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Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and other accomplished women are getting their own Barbie dolls.

Mattel unveiled 17 new Barbies in honor of International Women’s Day. According to the toy’s description, “86% of moms surveyed are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to.”

The company decided to highlight women such as Kahlo, a bisexual Mexican artist, Earhart, the first female aviator to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, and Johnson, the NASA mathematician featured in the film “Hidden Figures.”

Other notable figures include Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, bisexual British boxing champ Nicola Adams OBE, fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad, conservationist Bindi Irwin, Chinese volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, plus-size model Ashley Graham, ballerina Misty Copeland, French chef Hélène Darroze, soccer player Sara Grama, Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas, Chinese actress Guan Xiaotong, director Ava DuVernay, prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan and fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh.

“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, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, stated 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.”

The dolls will be released throughout the year.

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