Barbie has created a doll in the likeness of British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, highlighting her achievements to inspire girls ahead of International Women's Day on March 8.

Dina is the fastest British woman in history, world champion, and four-time European champion.

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"When I saw my doll for the first time, I was just taken aback about how much it actually looks like me. The details were so precise with the little gold rings, gold necklace, the earrings," says Dina.

"My hair was there with the braids, also the skin tone and most importantly for me the muscle tone as well, because I think it's really important that young girls see all aspects of feminity." 

Dina adds, “It’s really, really important that Barbie celebrates women that have achieved amazing things because you’re teaching young girls, young people, that their dreams are valid.”

The Barbie Dream Gap Project is an ongoing global initiative that aims to give girls the resources and support they need to believe that they can achieve anything.

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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