Yara Shahidi and other ‘Sheros’ get their own Barbie dolls


Posted on: March 7th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Paul Archuleta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Actress Yara Shahidi is being honored with her very own Barbie doll.

The Grown-ish star is one of many role models who will be part of Mattel’s “Shero” program in doll form, which launched in 2015.

In celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day on March 8, Mattel is unveiling dolls from 20 different countries.

Representing the U.S. is 19-year-old Shahidi, whose doll is sporting the same Tory Burch “vote” tee she wore at the We Vote Next Summit in September.

“Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other,” Shahidi captioned on an Instagram pic of her new Barbie. “We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine!”

Other role models include tennis player Naomi Osaka of Japan, German cyclist Kristina Vogel, Canadian ice dancer Tessa Virtue, British model Adwoa Aboah, Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Chinese artist Chen Man and Ita Buttrose, a journalist and chairwoman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Maya Gabiera, Naomi Osaka, Kristina Vogel, Tessa Virtue, Yara Shahidi, Adwoa Aboah, Dipa Karmakar, Chen Man and Ita Buttrose all received their own Barbie dolls in celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary.

Barbie will donate one dollar from every doll sold in the United States up to $250,000. The funds will be managed through the Mattel Children’s Foundation. The initiative builds on the Barbie Dream Gap Project, which raises awareness around limiting factors that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.

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