Venus Williams gets her own one-of-a-kind Barbie doll

The celebrations of Barbies 65th birthday continue, this time the brand is honouring nine athletes with one-of-a-kind dolls made in their likeness.  Barbie is highlighting sports role models to show girls that anything is possible if they relentlessly pursue their passions.

One of the most decorated Olympic athletes with four gold medals, and the first woman in tennis to earn equal prize money at Wimbledon, Venus Williams has courageously persevered through countless obstacles to inspire social change within tennis and the sports industry at large. Her Barbie doll comes with its own miniature racquet and ball, earrings and is dressed in tennis whites including a tennis visor.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always been driven by the idea of shattering glass ceilings and staying true to myself, and Barbie’s mission couldn’t resonate more deeply with that ethos,” commented Venus Williams. “I’m honoured to be recognised as a sports role model and join forces with Team Barbie to continue empowering the next generation of young girls to never stop believing in their dreams.”

Spanish Paratriathlete Susana Rodriguez poses with Barbie doll
Italian Swimmer Federica Pellegrini poses with Barbie doll
Polish Sprinter Ewa Swoboda poses with Barbie doll
 (L-R) Italian Swimmer Federica Pellegrini, Spanish Paratriathlete Susana Rodriguez, French Boxer Estelle Mossely and Polish Sprinter Ewa Swoboda

Barbie is highlighting the stories of nine female sporting role models around the world who have broken boundaries – the lineup includes Spain’s Susana Rodriguez, who was born with albinism and began running at age 10, since becoming a barrier-breaking paratriathlon athlete. As well as setting records in her sport, she worked as a young doctor on the front lines amid the pandemic, earning her the cover of TIME magazine in 2021.

Man City WFC striker Mary Fowler has become a key player for Australian national team, the Matildas, as well as for Man City in the UK. “Sport has been important to me in terms of creating my sense of self. I think it has definitely shaped me into the person I am today.” said Mary Fowler.

The one-of-a-kind dolls are also being presented to :

Estelle Mossely (France): Boxer

Federica Pellegrini (Italy): Swimmer

Ewa Swoboda (Poland): Track and Field Sprinter

Alexa Moreno (Mexico): Gymnast

Rebecca Andrade (Brazil): Gymnast

Christine Sinclair (Canada): Soccer Player

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