Meet Barbie’s Role Models from China

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8:13 AM HKT, Thu March 8, 2018

Just ahead of International Women’s Day, American toy company Mattel has released a new line of Barbie Role Models featuring a diverse lineup of artists, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs from around the world.

CNN reports:

The new dolls came after Mattel, maker of Barbie, conducted a survey of 8,000 mothers around the globe and found that 86% are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to.

“Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” wrote Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, in a news release.

Of the 19 role models, 3 are from China: Olympic gold medalist Hui Ruoqi, actress and environmental activist Guan Xiaotong, and Yuanyuan Tan, prima ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet.

Learn a bit more about each in the screenshots below, and explore the rest fo the Role Models over at Barbie’s post on the new line.

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