Growing up Barbie was one of the first toys that most kids played with, imagined fantastical scenarios for, and held close to her heart.
While controversial in the past, Barbie has always had a legacy of little girls seeing themselves in her. It has also grown to become more inclusive of real women of different races, body types, professions and so on over the years.
And on Barbie's 60th birthday, all little girls - and adult women - have a reason to love her all over again.
Because on it's 60th birthday Barbie decided to honour 20 different role models across 18 different countries, and celebrate their unique achievements and capabilities.
Barbie, that has evolved over the years and helped spread culturally inclusive and inspirational messages, chose real women with stories, careers, and ambitions that helped them become of the force they are today.
In celebration of our 60th anniversary and #InternationalWomensDay, we proudly honor #MoreRoleModels than ever before from around the world in an effort to inspire the next generation of girls. #Barbie60 🌍 pic.twitter.com/8bte7gcNSO— Barbie (@Barbie) March 7, 2019
Women like the first Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar.
Barbie has always shown girls that they can be anything!! On the occasion of her 60th anniversary, I am honoured to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls!#Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything pic.twitter.com/6cnAWtLvDs— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) March 9, 2019
Or the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam, Naomi Osaka.
Or Italian chef Rosanna Marziale who pioneered techniques that earned her the nickname, 'queen of mozzarella'.
From firefighters to pilots, Barbie has represented various professions and thus inspired young girls to believe that they can be whoever they want to be.
Here's the complete list of the twenty sheroes honored by Barbie:
1. Dipa Karmarkar2. Naomi Osaka3. Kristina Vogel4. Melodi Robinson5. Karla Wheelock6. Tessa Virtue7. Maya Gabeira8. Lyasan Utiasheva9. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi10. Nicola Adams OBE11. Gülse Birsel12. Mariana Costa Checa13. Iwona Blecharczyk
14. Ibtihaj Muhammad15. Yara Shahidi16. Adwoa Aboah17. Chen Man18. Eleni Antoniadou19. Lisa Azuelos20. Ita Buttrose
This is definitely a move in the right direction. Know more about these role models here.