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  • Dish
  • 12 March 2018
Barbie Role Model Misty Copeland and Yuan Yuan Tan

March is Women's History Month, and ICYMI, last Thursday was International Women's Day. To celebrate, Mattel (the creators of the infamous Barbie doll) has released a new collection of dolls they're calling the "Role Model" collection.

On their website, Mattel makes the following statement: "Barbie is committed to shining a light on empowering role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls. 86% of moms surveyed are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to. That's why Barbie continues to showcase examples of inspirational women. From Sheroes to Inspiring Women, meet our latest Barbie role models–all extraordinary women we've honored with a doll in their likeness."

The collection includes Frida Khalo, filmmaker Patty Jenkins, and - to our delight - two dancers! One is Misty Copeland, whose doll actually came out last year. And the second is Yuan Yuan Tan, from San Francisco Ballet. Tan is the first Chinese dancer in a prominent Western ballet company to be promoted to principal dancer status. Tan trained at the selective Shanghai Ballet School, and is considered to be one of the most accomplished Chinese ballerinas of all time. She was called a "Hero of Asia" and featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2004.

We love the fact that dancers have been included in such an incredible group of women. Want to share your role model? Post on your social media using the hashtag #MoreRoleModels.