Barbie debuts new 'Inspiring Women'/'Shero' dolls

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It's not the first time Barbie dolls have been modeled after real women - previously Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay and Ashley Graham have been given their own dolls. Taraji P. Henson played her in the critically acclaimed film "Hidden Figures" about the work of NASA's human computers.

The line is part of the Shero collection, which takes images of inspirational women and turns them into Barbies. Now on this joyous observance American company, Mattel which manufactures the immensely popular and well-known Barbie dolls is honouring 17 female global role models across the world.

Katherine Johnson is featured in the new "Inspiring Women" series of Barbie dolls that will be released ahead of International Women's Day 2018.

Mattel unveiled a Barbie doll featuring the likeness of Katherine Johnson as part of its "Shero" series in honor of International Women's Day on Tuesday. She broke boundaries for Black women in mathematics by calculating trajectories for NASA, including the famous 1969 Apollo 11 journey to the moon.

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No word on when the dolls will be on store shelves, but they are available for pre-order.

"Ahh! I'm so happy to be honoured as a @Barbie Shero alongside these incredible women!"

Other women who are having dolls in their likeness include United States snowboarder Chloe Kim, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin, the French chef Helene Darroze and the Chinese actress and philanthropist Guan Xiaotong. "It's important to me that young girls know that they can be anything they want to be, so they should dream big and never give up!"

However, the doll's body type appears to reflect Barbie's super-slim silhouette more than Adams' muscular physique.

Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, spoke about the decision to expand the line in a press release.

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