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Barbie releases new dolls to mark International Women's Day

Mattel announced 17 total new dolls, including those based on Olympian Chloe Kim, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, and artist Frida Kahlo.

by Associated Press /  / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
Barbie released an "Inspiring Women" series timed to International Women's Day.Mattel

A trailblazing film director. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. An iconic artist. Barbie is marking International Women's Day by honoring some of the inspiring women of the present and the past.

 NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson Mattel

The brand announced on Tuesday — a day before International Women's day — that it has chosen 17 modern-day and historic role models to honor with a doll in their likeness.

The 14 new honorees of the brand's "Shero" program include: Patty Jenkins, director of "Wonder Woman;" Chloe Kim, who won an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding last month at age 17; Bindi Irwin, the Australian conservationist; and British boxing champion Nicola Adams, among others.

 Aviator Amelia Earhart Mattel

The brand's new "Inspiring Women" series is honoring pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart; celebrated artist Frida Kahlo; and Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who broke race and gender barriers. Johnson, who is now 99, was featured in the recent movie "Hidden Figures." These dolls come with educational information about the contributions each has made to society.

 Artist Frida Kahlo Mattel

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