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Barbie Honored Six Covid-19 Pandemic Women Heroes With Custom Dolls
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Barbie Honored Six Covid-19 Pandemic Women Heroes With Custom Dolls

Recently, the popular toy company Mattel (the owner of one of the strongest portfolios of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world, e.g. Barbie dolls) made a decision to honor the work of six Covid-19 frontline workers from around the world. In order to showcase the feats achieved by these six individuals, the company has designed and created six one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls that resembled each of the women.

The six dolls were modeled after Audrey Cruz (a physician from the US), Jaqueline Góes de Jesus (part of the team working on variation of SARS-CoV-2 in Latin America), Kirby White (a frontline doctor from Australia), Sarah Gilbert (a professor of vaccinology from the United Kingdom), Chika Stacy Oriuwa (a Canadian psychiatry resident), and Amy O’Sullivan (a veteran nurse from the US).

More info: mattel.com | Instagram

Recently, the popular toy company Mattel made a decision to honor the work of six Covid-19 frontline workers from around the world

Image credits: mattel

Audrey Cruz (United States) – Physician who served on the front lines in fighting the pandemic in Las Vegas.

Audrey shared a heartwarming message on her Instagram: “Here’s to breaking barriers, speaking truths, and empowering the next generation!” she wrote under the picture, revealing that she became one of Barbie’s role models.

“I’m so incredibly honored to be a Barbie Role Model as part of their #ThankYouHeroes program! With this honor, I hope to shine a light on the commitment and compassion all frontline workers exhibited over the past year and a half and every single day.  I hope to represent minorities in America and encourage cultural advocacy. I hope to represent working moms who are balancing their careers while raising a family. And I hope to show all young women that they can be anything they want to be—even a physician mom and engineering grad like this girl!

Kids imagine they can be anything but actually seeing that they can, and hearing the real-life stories of others, makes all the difference.

Thank you @mattel and @barbie for recognizing healthcare workers all over the world and helping to inspire the next generation with our stories. This is a dream come true!”

In order to showcase the feats achieved by these six individuals, the company has designed and created six one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls that resembled each of the women

Image credits: mattel

Jaqueline Góes de Jesus (Brazil) – Jaqueline was part of the team responsible for the first genetic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in Latin America.

All of the six women received a Barbie of their own for the amazing and inspiring work they have done during the pandemic

Image credits: mattel

Kirby White (Australia) – Australian doctor who developed a surgical gown for frontline workers.

Unfortunately, while these particular six Barbie dolls will not be available for purchase, the toy company did announce that they will donate $5 for every doctor, nurse or paramedic Barbie sold at Target

Image credits: mattel

Sarah Gilbert (UK) – Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University and co-creator of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The exclusive Barbie dolls are not only there to represent the fight of essential women during the global fight against the coronavirus

Image credits: mattel

Chika Stacy Oriuwa (Canada) – Canadian psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto who battled systemic racism in healthcare during the pandemic.

In fact, it was also a gesture meant to hopefully inspire the next generation of children, showcasing the type of careers they may not be aware of (like a vaccinologist)

Image credits: mattel

Amy O’Sullivan (United States) – A veteran nurse at Wyckoff Hospital in Brooklyn. She treated the first covid-19 patient in New York City and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 by TIME Magazine.

In the 62-year history of Barbie, the said doll has held many jobs, therefore it’s no surprise that this time, the brand has decided to support the frontline workers who are amazing role models

Image credits: mattel

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Leah L
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1 year ago

Wait they are not for sale? So what was the point? That’s disappointing

Leo Domitrix
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1 year ago

My thought exactly. I'd buy them all if it meant money went to help people get vaccines/treatment.

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TheBoredPanda
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1 year ago

Why are the barbie dolls skinny? These ladies have some awesome curves! Makes me sad to see that the manufacture did this.

Zaza
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1 year ago

I was about to say the same. Nice of the manufacturer to make special dolls but ffs do they all have to be anorexic?

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King Joffrey
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1 year ago

Really disappointing they didn't introduce them for sale. Makes it seem more like a corporate PR move.

Zophra
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1 year ago

I thought so too!

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Rickster
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1 year ago

Oh come on the dolls look nothing like them.

Life is ?
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1 year ago

I thought the same. Barbie doll face hasn't changed a bit. As if they are superstitious to change her face so that it doesn't fail in the market.

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Mark Fuller
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1 year ago

WTF?? We still need to produce dolls that have unnaturally thin physiques that simply don't reflect the real women that inspired them? Progress of a sort but christ there's still a long way to go...

K. Lange
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1 year ago

love it. I hope it will inspire kids that they can make a difference.

Shelli Aderman
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1 year ago

It won’t, because they’re not selling them… 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Me
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1 year ago

They placed tattoos on one doll but left off the vitiligo on another. Curious decisions that they made. I wish they sold these dolls to the public.

Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

What vitiligo? Neither of them has that.

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Luca Giordano
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1 year ago

I would have been impressed if they had allowed the dolls to look like the actual heroes.... even just a little bit. Honoring the heroes and actual life changing actions these people did : very good. making them look like stylized non-humans : not good

Gaston Buhunny
Community Member
1 year ago

Pleas ADD: Bonnie J. Fraser Henry OBC, MD, MPH, FRCPC (born 1965 or 1966)[2] is a Canadian physician who is the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, the first woman in this position. Henry is also a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She was a family doctor and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine (also known as community medicine). Her early handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia earned praise from the New York Times in June of 2020.[3] In August, September, and October 2020, Henry was criticized for not mandating public mask usage and BC's back-to-school plans.[4][5][6][7] In November and December concerns were raised regarding the lack of transparency around COVID-19 data.[8][9] Unknown-61...6a16a.jpeg Unknown-610d98196a16a.jpeg

Sam rice
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1 year ago

Is this the first barbie with tattoos?

MacDudu
Community Member
1 year ago

The dolls would have been so much more effective if they actually resembled the real women they're supposed to represent, instead of skinny, hyper-idealized renditions. Come on, I want to see dolls with chub, wrinkles, big noses or whatever it is that makes the person they represent truly unique.

Moo Moo Futch
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1 year ago

I'm so glad to see Professor Sarah Gilbert on there. I wish they would sell them though so they could inspire more children in to chemistry, biology, healthcare and other sciences instead of the rapacious and vacuous entertainment industry where your value as a person is based purely on how you look and whether you got a WAP or giant rack or ass.

Amina Hays
Community Member
1 year ago

Why did it take a global pandemic for Barbie to make a bunch of diverse dolls?

Aeon Flux
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so cool.

D K
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome concept.

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 year ago

Make this conmemorative barbies -> sell them as an exclusive collection where the profits or at least a % goes to a foundation or a charity -> give good examples of women iniciative, work and power to kids = ppl happy. Circle complete Make this conmemorative barbies -> tell the media? -> mattel: “whats a circle?” Btw Amy O’Sullyvan model looks so badass i would buy. Even more if its related to a good cause. How could mattel lost such a good chance?

Candace Alagappan
Community Member
1 year ago

My cousin Jan works as a frontline nurse in Loma Linda Adventist Hospital. She is Filipino with an American husband and a daughter. Please pray for her, she and her family have had COVID once already!

InfectedVoice
Community Member
1 year ago

What a load of gesturing s**t, f**k you Barbie.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

Well-deserved praise and commemoration of achievement but let's hope these (and all) women In healthcare get paid fairly for their contributions all of the time and not just during a pandemic.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice that they are nearly all from "the first world" and all english speaking countries? Not one is from Asia or Africa.

Jennifer Gould
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1 year ago

I absolutely love this! It would be nice if they did one for Ken (men) and then maybe Kids that are changing the world right now too! Very inspirational!

Pearl
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1 year ago

Oh my Gosh, I would love a Greta Thunberg doll! And a Malala doll as well (though she's not a child anymore).

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Brett Connor
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1 year ago

Sarah Gilbert belongs in prison

pogfish
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1 year ago

guys please stop complaining! just be happy with what they did! it’s better than doing nothing to honor them! just be happy that the doctor’s are happy. gosh, people these days expect too much.

Meeow
Community Member
1 year ago

I like that these are not for sale, it's exclusive one and only.

Pearl
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1 year ago

They are for sale. At Target.

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
1 year ago

They're not for sale. Doctor, nurse, EMT, & other versions of Barbie are for sale at Target, but not these six. These ones are personal gifts for the six women the dolls are based on.

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Marnie
Community Member
1 year ago

Correction: "Barbie Honored Six Covid-19 Pandemic FEMALE Heroes With Custom Dolls". ("Women" is a noun.)

Helwin
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1 year ago

Barbie is a feminist icon and I will die on that hill.

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 year ago

U know that all the roles and professions that barbie have had, have already been done by actual real women way long before right? Its like seeing a scientist barbie in the mid 70s and say its feminist, but 20 years later learn about Marie Curie winning a second nobel prize, this time on her own, on chemistry, in the year 1911.

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Menacia Jones
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1 year ago

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I actually hate this. Way to infantilize the achievements of these women. Surely there is a better method of promoting them which exposes their successes to a younger generation to teach how to achieve the same goals.

Viviane
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1 year ago (edited)

It's not going to be to everyone's taste, certainly. One of the honorees was initially puzzled, but took a pragmatic view: she wants little girls to think of going into STEM fields. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58077396. Another is very pleased with her doll likeness: https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/canadian-doctor-chika-stacy-oriuwa-among-role-models-celebrated-in-barbie-tribute-1.5533868

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Jjiinnee
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1 year ago

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Sell them. Give the money to help patients. This is a meaningless gesture otherwise.

Moterieved
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boredpanDaman
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dolls are creepy, and this is weird

Elsker
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very cool!! But were there no impressive feats by men to honor?

Helwin
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1 year ago

It's not about them.

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Leah L
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1 year ago

Wait they are not for sale? So what was the point? That’s disappointing

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

My thought exactly. I'd buy them all if it meant money went to help people get vaccines/treatment.

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TheBoredPanda
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1 year ago

Why are the barbie dolls skinny? These ladies have some awesome curves! Makes me sad to see that the manufacture did this.

Zaza
Community Member
1 year ago

I was about to say the same. Nice of the manufacturer to make special dolls but ffs do they all have to be anorexic?

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King Joffrey
Community Member
1 year ago

Really disappointing they didn't introduce them for sale. Makes it seem more like a corporate PR move.

Zophra
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought so too!

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Rickster
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh come on the dolls look nothing like them.

Life is ?
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought the same. Barbie doll face hasn't changed a bit. As if they are superstitious to change her face so that it doesn't fail in the market.

Load More Replies...
Mark Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF?? We still need to produce dolls that have unnaturally thin physiques that simply don't reflect the real women that inspired them? Progress of a sort but christ there's still a long way to go...

K. Lange
Community Member
1 year ago

love it. I hope it will inspire kids that they can make a difference.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 year ago

It won’t, because they’re not selling them… 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Me
Community Member
1 year ago

They placed tattoos on one doll but left off the vitiligo on another. Curious decisions that they made. I wish they sold these dolls to the public.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

What vitiligo? Neither of them has that.

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Luca Giordano
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have been impressed if they had allowed the dolls to look like the actual heroes.... even just a little bit. Honoring the heroes and actual life changing actions these people did : very good. making them look like stylized non-humans : not good

Gaston Buhunny
Community Member
1 year ago

Pleas ADD: Bonnie J. Fraser Henry OBC, MD, MPH, FRCPC (born 1965 or 1966)[2] is a Canadian physician who is the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, the first woman in this position. Henry is also a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She was a family doctor and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine (also known as community medicine). Her early handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia earned praise from the New York Times in June of 2020.[3] In August, September, and October 2020, Henry was criticized for not mandating public mask usage and BC's back-to-school plans.[4][5][6][7] In November and December concerns were raised regarding the lack of transparency around COVID-19 data.[8][9] Unknown-61...6a16a.jpeg Unknown-610d98196a16a.jpeg

Sam rice
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this the first barbie with tattoos?

MacDudu
Community Member
1 year ago

The dolls would have been so much more effective if they actually resembled the real women they're supposed to represent, instead of skinny, hyper-idealized renditions. Come on, I want to see dolls with chub, wrinkles, big noses or whatever it is that makes the person they represent truly unique.

Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm so glad to see Professor Sarah Gilbert on there. I wish they would sell them though so they could inspire more children in to chemistry, biology, healthcare and other sciences instead of the rapacious and vacuous entertainment industry where your value as a person is based purely on how you look and whether you got a WAP or giant rack or ass.

Amina Hays
Community Member
1 year ago

Why did it take a global pandemic for Barbie to make a bunch of diverse dolls?

Aeon Flux
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so cool.

D K
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome concept.

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 year ago

Make this conmemorative barbies -> sell them as an exclusive collection where the profits or at least a % goes to a foundation or a charity -> give good examples of women iniciative, work and power to kids = ppl happy. Circle complete Make this conmemorative barbies -> tell the media? -> mattel: “whats a circle?” Btw Amy O’Sullyvan model looks so badass i would buy. Even more if its related to a good cause. How could mattel lost such a good chance?

Candace Alagappan
Community Member
1 year ago

My cousin Jan works as a frontline nurse in Loma Linda Adventist Hospital. She is Filipino with an American husband and a daughter. Please pray for her, she and her family have had COVID once already!

InfectedVoice
Community Member
1 year ago

What a load of gesturing s**t, f**k you Barbie.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

Well-deserved praise and commemoration of achievement but let's hope these (and all) women In healthcare get paid fairly for their contributions all of the time and not just during a pandemic.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice that they are nearly all from "the first world" and all english speaking countries? Not one is from Asia or Africa.

Jennifer Gould
Community Member
1 year ago

I absolutely love this! It would be nice if they did one for Ken (men) and then maybe Kids that are changing the world right now too! Very inspirational!

Pearl
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my Gosh, I would love a Greta Thunberg doll! And a Malala doll as well (though she's not a child anymore).

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Brett Connor
Community Member
1 year ago

Sarah Gilbert belongs in prison

pogfish
Community Member
1 year ago

guys please stop complaining! just be happy with what they did! it’s better than doing nothing to honor them! just be happy that the doctor’s are happy. gosh, people these days expect too much.

Meeow
Community Member
1 year ago

I like that these are not for sale, it's exclusive one and only.

Pearl
Community Member
1 year ago

They are for sale. At Target.

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
1 year ago

They're not for sale. Doctor, nurse, EMT, & other versions of Barbie are for sale at Target, but not these six. These ones are personal gifts for the six women the dolls are based on.

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Marnie
Community Member
1 year ago

Correction: "Barbie Honored Six Covid-19 Pandemic FEMALE Heroes With Custom Dolls". ("Women" is a noun.)

Helwin
Community Member
1 year ago

Barbie is a feminist icon and I will die on that hill.

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 year ago

U know that all the roles and professions that barbie have had, have already been done by actual real women way long before right? Its like seeing a scientist barbie in the mid 70s and say its feminist, but 20 years later learn about Marie Curie winning a second nobel prize, this time on her own, on chemistry, in the year 1911.

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Menacia Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

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I actually hate this. Way to infantilize the achievements of these women. Surely there is a better method of promoting them which exposes their successes to a younger generation to teach how to achieve the same goals.

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It's not going to be to everyone's taste, certainly. One of the honorees was initially puzzled, but took a pragmatic view: she wants little girls to think of going into STEM fields. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58077396. Another is very pleased with her doll likeness: https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/canadian-doctor-chika-stacy-oriuwa-among-role-models-celebrated-in-barbie-tribute-1.5533868

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Jjiinnee
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1 year ago

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Sell them. Give the money to help patients. This is a meaningless gesture otherwise.

Moterieved
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1 year ago

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This comment has been deleted.

boredpanDaman
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1 year ago (edited)

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dolls are creepy, and this is weird

Elsker
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1 year ago

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very cool!! But were there no impressive feats by men to honor?

Helwin
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not about them.

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