New Barbies Released to Celebrate International Women’s Day

A few months ago, doll-maker Mattel created waves when it launched the “Hijab Barbie.” It was modelled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, a prize-winning fencer. She is known as the first American athlete who wore a hijab while competing at the Olympic games!

Notably, Ibtihaj is just one among several women that stirred Mattel to create the “Inspiring WomenBarbie collection. This includes a series of dolls, which have been modelled after inspirational women in different fields, from around the world.

The latest Barbie collection is based on inspirational women.
Image Credit: @barbie on Instagram

Mattel Launches Dolls Based on Inspiring Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Mattel released a series of 17 dolls. Each doll bears the image, likeness, and even the fashion style of an inspirational woman! Basically, their aim is to feature positive role models for young girls worldwide.

“With 86% of US moms worried about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models in an effort to inspire more girls,” announced @barbie on Instagram.

One of these women is Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencing champion who excitedly shared her “doll” on Instagram:

How’s my hijab? ? #summer18

A post shared by Ibtihaj Muhammad (@ibtihajmuhammad) on

Outstanding Female Role Models
Aside from Ibtihaj, the latest “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection includes:

  • Nicola Adams, boxing champion
  • Vicky Martin Berrocal, entrepreneur & fashion designer
  • Hélène Darroze, chef
  • Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer
  • Bindi Irwin, conservationist
  • Patty Jenkins, filmmaker
  • Sara Gama, footballer
  • Xiaotong Guan, actress & philanthropist
  • Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician & physicist
  • Frida Kahlo, artist
  • Chloe Kim, snowboarding champion
  • Çağla Kubat, windsurfer
  • Leyla Piedayesh, designer & entrepreneur
  • Lorena Ochoa, professional golfer
  • Hui Ruoqi, volleyball champion
  • Yuan Tan, prima ballerina
  • Martyna Wojciechowska, journalist

Image Credit: @barbiestyle on Instagram

Here is a video about the newly-released doll collection, shared by @barbie on Instagram:

Indeed, this doll collection is a fitting tribute to inspirational women all over the world! Speaking of which, did you know that the UAE Labour Law contains special privileges for female employees? Check out this article to learn more about the rights of women in the workplace.


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