Olympian Chloe Kim honored with Shero Barbie doll
And for her next trick, watch Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim transform her likeness into a Barbie doll. Yes, the 17-year-old women's halfpipe world champion and Twitter savant is one of the latest athletes to be honored with her own Shero Barbie doll. She joins fellow honorees, Gabby Douglas and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
With this collection, which is being announced in honor of International Women's Day on Thursday, Barbie continues to celebrate globally recognized trailblazers. The brand also hopes to highlight role models who represent diverse professions and cultural backgrounds.
This marks Barbie's largest Shero collection to date, since launching the concept in 2015, with 14 modern-day role models, including several athletes in addition to Kim, like: pro golfer Lorena Ochoa, boxing champ Nicola Adams and prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan. Other notables in the collection include filmmaker and "Wonder Woman" Director Patty Jenkins, conservationist Bindi Irwin, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska (the second Polish woman to conquer the Seven Summits) and world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze.
"I love partnering with brands whose message I truly believe in, and Barbie's message to show girls that they can be anything is something I can get behind," says Kim. "I'm so honored to be considered a role model and want girls to know that they can be athletic and girly at the same time!"
Additionally, the toy maker is introducing its first Inspiring Women series, which recognizes notable historical figures. Each doll will come with educational information about the contributions each woman made to society and their respective fields. The first three dolls in this series are Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, artist and activist Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in mathematics and NASA who broke racial and gender barriers.
The overall goal of the latest Shero collection is to ensure young girls from across the world can see their diverse reflections through their dolls. Lisa McKnight, SVP and General Manager of Barbie, spoke on the significance of representation, stating, "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 2018 Shero Collection and Inspiring Women dolls are not currently available for purchase, but will be rolled out throughout the year.