What do Frida Kahlo, Bindi Irwin & Chloe Kim have in common?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

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.    

Impressive, no?

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alan.

Diversity is what makes us a great country.  Besides they could be a collectors item in 20-30 years

Mar 09, 2018 03:05 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. I think these dools are great. It is about time that dolls are as diverse as the people who love them.

Mar 09, 2018 05:46 AM #2
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I read about the release of these new dolls the other day. Very cool and they could have certainly picked worse subjects to honor.

Mar 09, 2018 06:25 AM #3
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Wow!  I LIKE these!  Thanks for sharing.  By the way, I love your blog title, "Your perfume smells like your daddy has money"  Thanks for the smiles!

Mar 09, 2018 09:20 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- love it!!!!  I also know what I'm getting my great-niece/mini-me JK.  Now I have to decide which one. Love Bindi Irwin, and I did see her on DWTS and she has more poise and charm than any of the "K" girls. 

Mar 10, 2018 09:29 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

             Thank  you Alan!

Mar 10, 2018 04:48 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Wonderful idea I had no knowledge of. All nephews, no nieces! Enjoy your day!

Mar 11, 2018 04:42 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Alan May,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. I did hear about this the other day but didn't realize how extensive this new collection is! Mattel has definitely hit a home run and I will be interested to see which ones my granddaughter Beckett identifies with!!

Mar 11, 2018 05:32 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm going to hold out for the Alan May doll!

Mar 11, 2018 07:02 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's about time. What a wonderful collection of cool dolls - I too wonder if my young granddaugthers will identify with one at some point. Right now, they are still in baby dolls. Glad to know Barbie has some other real women to hang with...

Mar 11, 2018 07:42 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Alan,
I've never been a doll kind of girl but this is a set I can support.  Thanks for sharing.  I did not know about the new releases. 

Mar 11, 2018 07:51 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I had no idea...these are great. What an amazing collection, and wise of Mattel to recognize the achievements of so many impressive women!!


Mar 11, 2018 09:12 AM #12
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Wow - that is awesome - I clearly didn't know about this. . . (that's why I turn to Alan May News on Active Rain . .  .)


Mar 11, 2018 03:28 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well you had me at "Bindi". 

I love these new Barbies. It's about time!

Mar 11, 2018 04:49 PM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Very interesting collection. I watched the movie "Hidden Figures" - I love seeing Mathematician-physicist-scientist doll! The doll has brains!

Mar 12, 2018 10:04 AM #15
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Alan May, I wonder what took them so long. I don't have anyone I can buy them for myself just for support...

Mar 12, 2018 04:33 PM #16
Susan McCall, Helping with smiles and care!
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Well we seem to be in an era that everything is a teachable moment.  I remember the old days where we chose a toy because we liked it, not what message we were sending or selling.  And in todays environment, it is all about teaching girls to be stronger.  Ugh!!

Mar 12, 2018 11:04 PM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

This is very cool.  I wish I was a whole lot younger so I could start collecting them all.  I was a big Barbie fan as a kid and used to make clothes for them.  Should have kept all that stuff, but who's got the space?

Jun 10, 2018 06:37 PM #18
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