To celebrate their 60th anniversary along with International Women’s Day, which is this Friday (March 8), Barbie has announced brand new dolls from their #MoreRoleModels collection as part of an ongoing commitment to inspire the next generation of girls by reminding them that they can do and be anything.
“We’re committed to highlighting empowering role models as a key part of the Dream Gap Project–our ongoing global initiative aimed at giving girls the resources and support they need to continue believing that they can be anything,” reads Barbie.Mattel.com. “By introducing girls to stories of women from all walks of life, they begin to see more opportunities for themselves.”
Among Barbie’s newest collection of extraordinary women and role models are actress and activist Yara Shahidi, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, and high-fashion U.K. model Adwoa Aboah.
“I’m honored to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model,” Yara wrote on her Instagram page. “Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other.”
Actress, Model & Activist, U.S.A.
2019 Barbie Shero
Yara Shahidi is an actress, model, activist and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated comedy series black-ish. Yara has been awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role. Recently, she also appeared on TIME magazine’s annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list as well as Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2017 and 2018 for her television contributions and humanitarianism.
Engaged in politics, she launched Eighteen X 18 last year to educate and motivate first-time voters to turn out for the 2018 mid-term elections. She created Yara’s Club in partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC, a digital meet-up for high school students to discuss societal issues, self-improvement, and higher education. Yara also served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign, which raised funds for classrooms in need of science and tech resources, and worked with the Obama White House on STEM initiatives.
Tennis Player, Japan
2019 Barbie Shero
Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan. Born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, she became the first Japanese player in history to win a Grand Slam, defeating her childhood idol, Serena Williams, to capture victory at the 2018 U.S. Open. She followed up that feat by winning the 2019 Australian Open and reaching No.1 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. Having been featured on the cover of TIME magazine in January 2019, Osaka will be the face of the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Activist & Supermodel, U.K.
2019 Barbie Shero
British activist and supermodel Adwoa Aboah, is the founder of Gurls Talk, an online community where young women are free to discuss issues such as mental health, education, self-care, and relationships. Leading from her personal experiences, Adwoa founded Gurls Talk to be a completely open online platform, where anyone and everyone can share their experiences in a safe, judgement-free space. The community is made up of a diverse mixture of people from across the globe. Gurls Talk was founded on the idea that by coming together young women will become individually and collectively stronger, inspire each other, and influence a positive impact on the world.
Adwoa is one of the freshest faces in today’s modelling industry. To date, she has starred in global campaigns and walked in shows for some of fashion’s biggest names including Dior, Chanel and Versace. Adwoa joined British Vogue as a contributing editor in July 2017 and was the inaugural cover star of British Vogue’s December Issue, the first issue from editor Edward Enninful’s “New Vogue,” as well as appearing on numerous international covers for Vogue, Dazed, i-D and LOVE magazine. In 2017, Adwoa was named the British Fashion Council’s Model of the Year, a prestigious accolade awarded to the person who has had the most global impact on the industry that year.
To see the full list of Barbie Role Models, click here.