The Gabby Douglas #Shero doll is the Barbie we desperately need
Gabby Douglas’s Barbie doll is finally hitting physical shelves almost a year after it was first announced, and it’s as adorable and empowering as everyone hoped it would be.
America’s Sweetheart — we all agree she’s America’s Sweetheart, right? Unless you want to call her something more badass, in which case, go ahead — got her own doll right before 2016’s Rio Olympics, where she went on to place third on her team.
Her story resonated with women everywhere, and Barbie decided to include her in their “Shero” line of dolls, which also features director Ava DuVernay, ballerina Misty Copeland, and actress Emmy Rossum.
Douglas told HuffPo that she was honored to have a doll in her likeness: “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.”
The doll comes dressed in a Team U.S.A leotard with a removable pink and black Nike track suit. You can buy it on Barbie’s website, or in select stores, now.