The list of Mattel's "shero" dolls lengthens as a host of wonder women are honoured with miniature models of themselves.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on March 8, 2018

Toymaker Mattel has unveiled a range of special-edition barbie dolls modelled on some of the world’s most inspiring women to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8.

The 17 “Shero” dolls shine a light on contemporary and historical figures across a broad spectrum of fields, who have proven themselves to be role models.

Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin, and Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, are among the chosen few.

It is an expansion to Mattel’s “Sheroes” catalogue, which began in 2015 with six women, including ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay, and the then five-year-old fashion designer Sydney Keiser.

Since then a further four have been honoured, in ballerina Misty Copeland, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, model Ashley Graham, and gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

And now that collection numbers 27, with the inclusion of an impressive mix of designers, chefs, athletes, journalists, and activists.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honouring its largest lineup of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Barbie senior vice president and general manager Lisa McKnight said in a statement.

“Sheroes are given the Barbie brand’s highest honour, a one-of-a-kind doll made in their likeness, in celebration of their roles in expanding the possibilities for girls everywhere,” the company said.

The full list of Sheroes for 2018

Bindi Irwin — wildlife conservationist and television host.
Chloe Kim — gold-medal winning snowboarder.

Patty Jenkins — Wonder Woman director.

Martyna Wojciechowska — Journalist and television presenter.
Lorena Ochoa — golf legend.
Sarah Gama — football star.
Xiaotong Guan — actress and philanthropist.
Yuan Tan — San Francisco Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer.
Vicky Martin — fashion designer and entrepreneur.
Nicola Adams — first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

Çağla Kubat — windsurfer.
Hélène Darroze — chef with two Michelin stars.
Hui Ruoqi — volleyballer.
Leyla Piedayesh — fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Impactful women from history

Amelia Earhart — legendary aviator.
Frida Kahlo — artist and feminist icon.
Katherine Johnson — NASA mathematician.