Nine New Barbie Dolls Will Celebrate Female Athletes

Mattel continues to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Barbie doll with a new collection of nine dolls celebrating groundbreaking women in sports around the world. These dolls join a continuing lineup of Barbie Role Models. Just last month, Mattel debuted the Kristi Yamaguchi doll, modeled after the American figure skater. The nine new dolls are modeled after:

US tennis champion Venus Williams
Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair
Australian soccer player Mary Fowler
French boxer Estelle Mossely
Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno
Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade
Spanish paratriathlete Susana Rodriguez
Retired Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini
Polish sprinter Ewa Swoboda

Barbie is also partnering with VOICEINSPORT to provide virtual mentoring for young athletes, and with other retailers to produce Barbie books, snacks, gifts, and clothing with a sports theme. They are also offering a variety of Barbie dolls in uniforms of various sports and sports-themed play sets. We don't yet know when these dolls will be available to order or in a store near you. -via Smithsonian

Continue reading to see each athlete with her Barbie doll.

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