Barbies have come a long way since their debut in the 1950s. They no longer look like clones of each other. The blond hair, white skin, and a trendy, tight-fitted dress is now no longer the only option available to those of you who want your doll to look like you. In the last few years, amid immense backlash, Mattel has tried to be inclusive and largely passed the test. While we cannot truly say the quintessential Barbie now looks like one of us, we definitely have quite a few relatable options from the brand’s many variations.
The latest one making waves is inspired by Muslim fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first ever American athlete to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. She won a bronze medal in the team saber event in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
We are so excited to honor @IbtihajMuhammad with a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll! Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries. #Shero #YouCanBeAnything #GlamourWOTY pic.twitter.com/oV0e6ClgL6
— Barbie (@Barbie) November 13, 2017
The Barbie, which is dressed in fencing attire, is a part of the brand’s ‘Shero’ (female hero) line.
Mattel is known for making dolls inspired by celebrities time and again. A look at those the famous doll company has already immortalised:
In 2016, fashion model and body-positivity advocate Ashley Graham got her own Barbie
Just before the 2016 Olympics, U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabby Douglas got her barbie version
In 2015, the Barbie ‘Shero’ doll inspired by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay was unvielied
— Barbie (@Barbie) December 7, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence was immortalised in Barbie form as her kickass character from The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen in 2014
In November 2013, Jennifer Lopez’s two looks were introduced as Barbie — Red Carpet and World Tour.
In 2010, Mattel India presented the Katrina Kaif doll. Dressed in a short pink tiered dress, Katrina herself unveiled the new Barbie.
King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley too has his doll
Some of the other celeb-inspired barbies include
Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
The J.K. Rowling Barbie