The model is one of 20 women from around the world to have a Barbie doll created in their likeness in celebration of the brand’s 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day
BARBIE HAS unveiled a doll created in the likeness of British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah as part of its role models collection.
The model is one of 20 women from 18 countries around the world to be celebrated with a Barbie Shero doll. The initiative is part of the brand’s efforts to make its 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8.
Aboah has described the doll as a “dream come true” and said that she can’t stop smiling after being presented with her very own Adwoa Barbie.
Boxer Nicola Adams, Tennis champion Naomi Osaka, actress Yara Shahidi, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, director Ava DuVernay, ballerina Misty Copeland, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, football player Sara Gama and fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad are all among the other women who have been celebrated with a Barbie doll resembling them.
The collection aims to highlight successful women in a range of fields in order to empower girls and close the dream gap. The dream gap refers to the age, reportedly six years old, when girls start believing their gender prevents them from being anything they want to be, making them less likely than boys to think they can achieve any goal.
The 26-year-old, who has modelled some of the biggest fashion houses including Dior, Chanel and Versace, is also the founder of online community Gurls Talk, a community for young women to discuss issues ranging from mental health and relationships to education and art.
Aboah said: “Through my organisation Gurls Talk and Barbie’s mission to close the dream gap, we have both been on journeys to empower girls to believe anything is possible and I’m thrilled to work with Barbie for her 60th anniversary to share my story and the community we have nurtured on Gurls Talk. What an absolute honour, to be awarded this because of all the work I do with Gurls Talk means even more.”
Aboah’s doll has two outfit options, one a replica of the outfit she wore at the 2017 Fashion Awards when she was named Model of the Year.
The second outfit is a leopard print pencil skirt with a short-sleeved top with the Gurls Talk logo emblazoned across the front.
Remarking on the doll’s appearance, it features her famous freckles and shaved head, Aboah said: “Seeing my own doll that has my skin colour, shaved head, freckles and my tattoo’s is beyond mad.
“I spent the majority of my childhood wishing for blonde hair, pining over Barbies light skin and blue eyes. All those years ago and I didn’t feel like I was represented anywhere. But today with my big toothy grin I feel so very proud to have been awarded this Shero doll for all the hard work I have put into myself and Gurls Talk.”