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Barbie turns Team GB boxing star Nicola Adams into 'Shero' doll to inspire new generation of female athletes

Mirror logo Mirror 07/03/2018 Ruki Sayid

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Barbie has created its first ever “Shero” doll with British boxer and Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams as the figure to inspire girls.

The Nicola Barbie complete with trademark hairstyle, white boxing gloves and boots has been unveiled to mark International Women’s Day tomorrow.

And the decision by toy giant Mattel means Nicola, 34, has made history as the first boxer Barbie, to join the ranks of astronaut, doctor, pilot, model and vet Barbie.

The boxer Barbie joins the ranks of astronaut, doctor, pilot, model and vet Barbie © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The boxer Barbie joins the ranks of astronaut, doctor, pilot, model and vet Barbie Boxing golden girl Nicola , 34, who has been breaking down barriers in sport since she burst on the scene in 2001 aged 19, was the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title in 2012 and has gone on to become World, European and Commonwealth champion.

Nicola burst onto the scene in 2001 and has since become World, European and Commonwealth champion (Image: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Nicola burst onto the scene in 2001 and has since become World, European and Commonwealth champion (Image: PA) Openly bisexual, the sports star said: “I am so excited and honoured to be Barbie’s first ever UK Shero and the first ever boxer Barbie. My hope is that everything I do helps more people realise they can do anything they put their mind to.

“Without my own role models, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Growing up, my biggest role models were my mum and Muhammed Ali – there were no female boxers in media when I was a kid, and I might have discovered my passion sooner if I’d seen other women boxing.

a person holding a sign © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited “That’s why empowering the next generation of kids is something I’m passionate about and it’s great to work with Barbie to share my story now. I hope my doll inspires young girls to believe that they can break boundaries in whatever they choose to do.”

Mattel said the boxer doll was not yet available in stores but part of a new international Shero range to showcase ground breaking women who would inspire a new generation of girls.

Nicola says the doll is about "empowering the next generation of kids" © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Nicola says the doll is about "empowering the next generation of kids" They include Italian football ace Sara Gama, American teenage snow board sensation and Winter Olympic 2018 champion Chloe Kim and 19-year-old Aussie actress and conservationist Bindi Irwin, daughter of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. 

The Shero dolls come as a survey revealed almost three quarters of British girls are inspired by their role model’s achievements.

Brand senior vice-president Lisa McKnight said: “Barbie will be honouring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day, because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see.”

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