Gabby Douglas continues to stamp her legacy as one of the most inspirational athletes of our time with a new doll in Barbie's #YouCanBeAnything line.
Barbie made the announcement today with great excitement. Just last night, many celebrated another win for the 2-time Olympic gold medalist as she officially qualified for the Olympic team, along with Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman.
Douglas, who became the first African-American gymnast to take home the gold for the individual all-around event in 2012, is excited about "Gabby," her new doll. She told Barbie, "It's such an honor to have a Barbie doll made after my own likeness. I don't know, I'm just speechless. I'm still trying to process this."
Douglas never imagined she would be seen as the role model people call her today.
Known for inspiring those following in her footsteps, she also gave a piece of advice for her fans to "love yourself, embrace yourself and go after what you want," in a video she recorded for Barbie.
Young Black women have been able to see more dolls that look like them — including Ava DuVernay and Misty Copeland — in their local toy stores through the Barbie "Sheroes" program which creates dolls in the likeness of women "who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere," according to manufacturer Mattel.
Through the new reality show, Douglas Family Gold, which documents Gabby's time at home, with her family, training and more, the world already had a chance to invite her into their homes through the television screen, but now, they can bring her everywhere.