To celebrate both International Women’s Day and Barbie’s 60th anniversary, Barbie has officially created a brand new collection of dolls that will honour 20 women from 18 countries, better known as ‘role models.’



The line-up includes Naomi Osaka and Canada’s very own, Tessa Virtue.  Tessa tweeted, “I’ve been wanting to share this news forever! Barbie’s 60th anniversary #YouCanBeAnything campaign is honouring more role models in their continued commitment to close the dream gap.  So excited and honoured to be part of it.”



As PopSugar explains, “The collection will honour 20 women from 18 countries by modelling dolls after all of them. In addition to that, Barbie will also “close the Dream Gap” by donating money to organizations aimed at ‘leveling the playing field for girls.'”



Barbie’s General Manager and Senior Vice President, Lisa McKnight said in a press release, “For 60 years, Barbie has championed girls, inspired generations to believe through make believe, and showed them that they have choices. With more than 200 careers, six runs for president, and a trip to the moon before Neil Armstrong, Barbie continues to evolve to be a modern, relevant role model for all ages.  The Barbie brand believes girls should never know a world, job, or dream women haven’t conquered. Through our global platform, we are igniting a movement to help close the Dream Gap and further establish Barbie as the ultimate girl empowerment brand.”



Yara Shahidi posted on Instagram, “Honoured to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model.  Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other. We need your voices and are watching you all blossom and shine!” 



Unfortunately, these Barbie’s are NOT for sale however, check out the full gallery that includes ALL beautiful women (past and present) that are part of this super-inspiring collection.  Click here to visit the website.



Filed under: Barbie