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.
"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."
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So it’s finally out... @barbie have made me into a one-of-a-kind Shero doll ????? ? When I was told they wanted to make me into a Barbie doll I honestly screamed, jumped up + down and ran around my house lol!!! ? ? And then what made me even happier was that Barbie went to lengths to capture the doll in my exact likeness - ranging from skin tone to hair texture, muscle tone to spike details, lashes to strong brows (??) and even included my jewellery ??? ? The level of detail and care was incredible. I want to say a humongous thank you to the entire Barbie team for this effort and honour. ? ? When I was growing up there weren’t many dolls that looked like me full stop, let alone one that represented what I wanted to be without compromising musculature and smaller features of self expression. This is may seem quite small but positively showcasing accurate images of sportswomen is so important. It has the potential to shape young people’s perception of us, sport and as a result themselves + their own futures. ? ? Yay!!!? ? Thanks @barbie. I’m so happy - I never envisaged being a Barbie doll ?? this is going straight in my trophy cabinet ♥? #BarbieRoleModels #YouCanBeAnything
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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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