New Barbie dolls honor Covid-19 heroes including British vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert

It’s high time our role models changed from dainty princesses to dashing damsels. And furthering on this prerogative is Barbie-maker Mattel with a new line of coronavirus-fighting dolls. As part of the new collection, British Professor Sarah Gilbert, one of the co-creators of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, will be also honored with her own barbie.

Featuring Gilbert’s likeness sports dark-rimmed glasses, long auburn hair, and mirrors her professional wardrobe by donning a navy suit, the doll (as well as the collection) aims to salute inspirational women fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Commenting on it, Gilbert, in a statement, said, “My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist.” She further hoped that future generations are made aware that they, too, could work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), in which women have historically been underrepresented.

Remarking on the new line, Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel, added, “Barbie recognizes that all frontline workers have made tremendous sacrifices when confronting the pandemic and the challenges it heightened,”

She further said, “To shine a light on their efforts, we are sharing their stories and leveraging Barbie’s platform to inspire the next generation to take after these heroes and give back.” In addition to Gilbert, the collection featuring dolls modeled after Audrey Sue Cruz (a frontline worker from Nevada), Chika Stacy Oriuwa (a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto), Jaqueline Goes de Jesus (a biomedical researcher), Kirby White (a general practitioner in Australia) and emergency room nurse Amy O’Sullivan.

Now that’s a set of dolls every young girl must own!

[Via: Tatler Hong Kong]

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