Olympic fencer Ibtihaj to Ashley Graham's doll: 14 Barbies inspired by celebs

While we have seen a lot of transformations over the years, the latest one has dark skin, the muscular thighs of an athlete, and a hijab.

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.

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

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas (Photo: Twitter FC/Gabby Douglas)


In 2015, the Barbie ‘Shero’ doll inspired by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay was unvielied

Jennifer Lawrence was immortalised in Barbie form as her kickass character from The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen in 2014

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence (Photo: Mattel.com)


In November 2013, Jennifer Lopez’s two looks were introduced as Barbie — Red Carpet and World Tour.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez (Photo: Mattel.com)

In 2010, Mattel India presented the Katrina Kaif doll. Dressed in a short pink tiered dress, Katrina herself unveiled the new Barbie.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif (Photo: Katrina Kaif FC/Twitter)

King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley too has his doll

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (Photo: Mattel.com)

Some of the other celeb-inspired barbies include

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (Photo: Mattel.com)

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross (Photo: Mattel.com)

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (Photo: Mattel.com)

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj (Photo: Mattel.com)

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (Photo: Mattel.com)

The J.K. Rowling Barbie

J.K. Rowling

The J.K. Rowling Barbie (Photo: Mattel.com)