Gymnast Gabby Douglas, who was the first black woman to win the Olympic all-around for gymnastics in 2016 is legendary.
A year after announcing that Gabby would be added to the line of #Shero Barbie dolls, the Gabby Douglas doll officially hit shelves. And it’s even better than we imagined.
The Gabby Douglas Barbie features the athlete’s signature stars and stripes leotard and a coordinating warm-up suit. The “made to move” doll is perfect for those gymnastic enthusiasts out there!
In an interview with HuffPost, Gabby said,
“It’s so important in the African American community to have that doll that looks like you. For me that’s really big because it sends a positive message saying, you know what, you can go out there and achieve your goals no matter what your hair looks like, no matter what color your skin is.”
Gabby’s Barbie will join the rest of the #Shero collection, which includes doll versions of director Ava DuVernay, ballerina Misty Copeland, and actress Emmy Possum. We love that Barbie is giving so many young girls and women such important role models to play with.
The Gabby Douglas Barbie is $24.95. You can buy it here or in select stores.