Adwoa Aboah just got her own Barbie. Model Adwoa Aboah has been made into a Barbie doll in celebration of International Women’s Day (8th March).
Toy company Mattel has honoured the British model and activist with a one-of-a-kind ‘Shero’ doll, along with 20 other incredible women – from journalists to cycling champions – who are actively inspiring the next generation.
In a bid to close the Dream Gap (which is when girls start to limit themselves from age 5 due to their gender), Barbie is focusing on diversity and inclusivity.
Speaking about the Dream Gap, Aboah said: “I want to help close the Dream Gap, so that girls don’t have to question if they are smart or brave, and have no limits placed on their capabilities by society.”
Aboah has been highly praised for using her platform to empower girls by creating Gurls Talk, an online community where young women can discuss issues such as mental health in a safe space.
Speaking about getting her own Barbie doll, Aboah said: “I love that Barbie offers so much choice now, but to see my own doll that has my freckled skin, skin colour, shaved head and tattoos is so meaningful to me.”
Her Barbie comes in two outfits, with one paying tribute to one of the highlights of her modelling career, winning Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards in 2017.
The doll wears a miniature version of her sequinned Halpern outfit, complete with Christian Louboutin platform shoes and Stephen Jones turban.
The second outfit comprises of a Gurls Talk t-shirt and a leopard print skirt.
“I’m passionate about encouraging girls to be anything they want to be, and I’m honoured to be a Barbie Shero,” Aboah explained. “I believe by working together we can encourage girls to find their authentic voices and that we can have an impact on the world for the next generation of girls. Through my work with Gurls Talk and partnership with Barbie, I hope we can inspire girls to try to change the world around them, through acts big or small.”
Adwoa Aboah just got her own Barbie