For the past three years, the big box brand behind Barbie, Mattel, has worked hard to honor women who shatter glass ceilings, display their power and go for the gold through their “Shero” doll collection. In the past, Latinas that have been honored with a Barbie Shero-staus have included Lorena Ochoa and Frida Kahlo.
This month American artistic gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez has received the honor as well.
The U.S. Olympian is being honored with a special Barbie doll of her own.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Hernandez shared that as a child she often broke her Barbie dolls while attempting to make them do gymnastics just like she did. To ensure young girls like her have the ability to play with their dolls and see themselves in them, Hernandez and Mattel worked together to give her doll’s limbs full range of motion as well as Hernandez’s likeness.
“Now girls are gonna be able to go find my doll and look at her and realize she has curls like them too, and if they want to try gymnastics, they can,” Hernandez said of the doll. “So I think that Barbie’s doing something incredible here.”
The new doll recognizes Hernandez’s official status as a “Shero.”
Having been considered a pillar of strength and force to be reckoned with since making her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Hernandez has used her platform to inspire young girls and women to embrace themselves for who they are and catapult themselves towards their dreams. Curves, muscles, strength and all. Her doll will, undoubtedly, prove to be a massive influence on the young Latina girls of newer generations.
The new doll comes with two leotards that come from Hernadez’s GK gymnastics line, sweatpants, a duffle bag and gym shoes. She also has Hernandez’s eyes and beloved curls.
“She has my curls! She has my eyes! She has my nose!” Hernandez told People.com in an interview. “It’s incredible to look at because when I was a little girl, I would play with Barbie dolls that had my hair color and my eye color. But this one really does look like me and I think it’s gonna resemble a lot of little girls out there.”
Hernandez’s new doll will soon be available at Walmart for $29.88