Boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE becomes first Barbie UK Shero

Published on: 7th March 2018

Barbie honours Great Britain’s most successful female boxer of all time with new Shero doll.

With 84% of UK mums worried about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, Barbie is igniting a conversation around the importance of positive role models by shining a light on inspiring women.

Barbie is proud to honour Nicola Adams as the first ever UK Shero. As an inspiration for countless little girls who don’t see themselves represented in sports and culture, Barbie hopes to encourage girls to pursue their dreams with The Nicola Adams doll – the first ever boxer Barbie. The doll is Nicola in miniature, complete with boxing gloves, boxing gear emblazoned with her trademark Lioness nickname, and her distinctive hairstyle.

Nicola commented: “I am so excited and honoured to be Barbie’s first ever UK Shero and the first ever boxer Barbie. Having my own Nicola Adams Barbie doll is so amazing, and my hope is that everything I do helps more people realise they can do anything they put their mind to.”

Nicola joins a line-up of 14 modern-day role models honoured by Barbie from around the world.

Global honourees include: Patty Jenkins (filmmaker, USA), Chloe Kim (snowboarder, USA), Bindi Irwin (conservationist, Australia), Çağla Kubat (windsurfer, Turkey), Hélène Darroze (world-renowned chef, France), Hui Ruoqi (volleyball champion, China), Leyla Piedayesh (designer and entrepreneur, Germany), Lorena Ochoa (professional golfer, Mexico), Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist, Poland), Sara Gama (footballer, Italy), Xiaotong Guan (actress and philanthropist, China), Yuan Yuan Tan (prima ballerina, China), Vicky Martin Berrocal (entrepreneur and fashion designer, Spain).

Barbie also introduces the Inspiring Women doll line series – these historical dolls come with educational information about the contributions each woman made to society and their respective fields. The first three dolls in this series are: Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and Katherine Johnson.


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