Barbie Unveils Dolls Based on Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Katherine Johnson and Chloe Kim


Riding a wave of empowerment feminism that has slowly transformed one of America’s most iconic toys, the makers of Barbie announced Tuesday they’re launching 17 new dolls honoring “historical and modern-day role models from around the world.”

Introduced ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday, the new dolls include famed pilot Amelia Earhart, renowned artist Frida Kahlo and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Modern role models include Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and boxer Nicola Adams.

“Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager for Mattel’s Barbie line.