Sometimes Barbie gets a bad reputation as a girl who loves nothing more than going shopping with her friends in her pink convertible, but the latest line of dolls from Mattel is unmistakably celebrating girls with a little more substance.
The latest campaign from Barbie features six real-life women who have changed the world in ways meaningful enough to be labeled as a 'shero.'
"Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this Spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls," Evelyn Mazzocco, General Manager Barbie, stated in a press release. "Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers."
The ladies immortalized by Barbie will be auctioning off their plastic likenesses, and the money will go to the charity of her choosing.
Here are the amazing women being honored in doll form for 2015:
Ava DuVernay is the Academy Award-nominated director of the powerful film Selma. DuVernay also founded the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), which promotes black filmmakers who are often underrepresented in the industry.
Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser
Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser is a little girl with a big nickname to reflect her big talent. Keiser first rose to fame through the elaborate paper dresses she made with her mother to replicate expensive celebrity gowns.
Now, at only five years old Keiser has already collaborated with J.Crew for a fashion line called Little Mayhem for J. Crew, which will be available this summer.
The multi-faceted Emmy Rossum stars as the gritty Fiona Gallagher on Shameless, though her talents as a classically-trained singer and dancer were highlighted in Phantom of the Opera. She is also an advocate for the Best Friends Animal Society where she hopes to bring an end to animal kill shelters in the United States.
Trisha Yearwood is a country music legend turned professional cook who specializes in down home cooking. She hosts Trisha's Southern Kitchen on Food Network and has written several cookbooks. She has supported numerous charitable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, and National Woman's History Museum.