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19-year-old Yara Shahidi is the latest star to be immortalized into her very own Barbie doll!
To celebrate International Women’s Day and Barbie’s 60th birthday – yes, it really has been that long! – Barbie is giving a series of female role models their own doll as part of its powerful “Shero” collection.
The collection is a part of the Dream Gap Project, which aims to help young girls realize that they can reach their full potential, and be and do absolutely anything they put their mind to. Such an inspiring idea!
“It was funny, because we were running around the office with Barbie parts for a second,” the Black-ish and Grown-ish actress told Vogue about the designing process.
“Everything was a matching process from hair, to eyebrows, to skin tone, to shirt, to shoes; I think this year has really proved that they’re dedicated to another level of inclusion.”
Her Barbie doll features a very voluminous curly hairdo, a grey power suit, sneakers, and of course, Yara’s infamous “Vote” t-shirt.
“I live in suits, it’s one of my favorite looks,” she told Harper’s Bazaar, after revealing that she got to choose her doll’s outfit.
“I love wearing a suit, and so this was actually designed off of one that I wore a while back. Then my ‘Vote’ t-shirt I’m always wearing. It’s a t-shirt and a suit, I feel so fancy.”
The limited edition T-shirt is actually going on sale, with all proceeds going to Eighteen x 18, her voting initiative.
Yara Shahidi is just one of 20 role models from 18 countries to be immortalized as part of the Shero collection.
Model and activist Adwoa Aboah, German track cyclist Kristina Vogel, French director Lisa Azuelos, and Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka are just a few of the other women to receive the honor.