Recently retired soccer superstar and the world’s all time leading goal scorer, Abby Wambach was an avowed “Barbie kid” growing up — despite saying that she didn’t necessarily identify with the the way that Barbie and other popular dolls looked. Now, Mattel has created a Barbie in Wambach’s image, complete with soccer uniform, short hair with shaved undercut, and 22 articulated joints, all the better for dashing past opponents, scoring goals, and kicking butt on the field and off. Wambach, a gender equality activist as well as a modern sports legend, is a fitting choice for Barbie’s “Shero” collection, which honors a few real-life women (past honorees include director Ava DuVernay and Trisha Yearwood) each year with limited edition dolls. Wambach was on hand for the doll’s unveiling and spoke of her personal excitement about the new Wambach Barbie as well as recognizing the ripple effect that a less traditional Barbie could have: “I think this is a really impactful statement… It just proves that we really are getting somewhere. Not everybody is created equal and if you’re out there and maybe your doll doesn’t look exactly like you feel, here’s another option.” This is a major win for both Wambach and Mattel for creating Barbie role models for all different types of children.

via Time

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