What do they have in common? They are all part of the 17 new dolls being marketed by Mattel toys as part of their new Barbie Doll line. Dolls that are diverse and allow our children to see strong, intelligent role models who they might be able to see themselves in. The timing is excellent, in fact couldn't be better. These dolls are strong, beautiful and ethnic, and are not as - ahem - "top heavy" as some of the former Barbies that have been offered to the consumer. Here are some of them:
BINDI IRWIN, the charismatic daughter of the late Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Bindi has been featured on the Animal Planet channel, as well as broadcast into our homes as part of Dancing with the has-beens... (what do you mean that's not really the name of the show?). Here you see her in her standard fatiques along with her trusty stuffed side-kick Koala bear. Wrassling a stuffed crocodile? ... she can handle it. Feeding a giraffe? She's got it covered! Singing with a cookabura, crickey, she can do that too! Is there anything this wonder-woman can't manage? Yeah... she can't stop being adorable. Bob's your uncle!
KATHERINE JOHNSON, what... a mathematician, physicist and scientist as a doll! Whaaaatt? Katherine was the inspiration for the blockbuster film Hidden Figures, and represents a sea-change for Barbie Dolls as they highlight intelligence. Here you see Katherine with her signature eyewear, her NASA badge, and a vintage pleated dress. She's ready to calculate Pi to the fiftieth digit... (no big deal... I can do that too....let's see... 3.14... and then there's... uh... well, I don't wanna show her up).
AMELIA EARHART, was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. She wrote best-selling books about her flying adventures, and earned the flying cross for her aviation. Here she is in her bomber's jacked, aviator goggles & leather helmpet, and jaunty flyer's scarf looking stylish with that bobbed-hair. She's ready to fly the friendly skies.
FRIDA KHALO, renowned Mexican painter. Frida was way ahead of her time, in creating the uni-brow. No, I'm kidding, but not really. She was known for painting portraits and for her folk-artsy style with surrealistic images that could often be found in the backgrounds of the paintings. She was no shrinking violet, either. Frida was highly political and became a member of the Mexican communist party, where she met her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera
Mattel has hit a home-run with these dolls. They have released 17 new dolls include these four, as well as: Spanish entrepreneur and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal; Chinese actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan; Italian soccer player Sara Gama; American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim; Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska; British boxing champion Nicola Adams; Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan; American filmmaker and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins; World-renowned French chef Hélène Darroze; Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi and German designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh.