Naomi Osaka Honored with Barbie “Shero” Collection

Naomi Osaka Barbie Shero Collection Source: Mattel / Getty

Haitian-Japanese tennis player, Naomi Osaka, was honored with her first Barbie Doll, joining the group of powerful and inspiring women who are already part of Barbie‚Äôs “Sheroes” initiative. The new “Shero” collection was announced in honor of International Women’s Day and the company’s 60th birthday.

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The 21-year-old told PEOPLE, “I’ve played with Barbies when I was a kid, and I thinks it’s a bit of surreal experience to have the opportunity to have a Barbie that looks like me. I hope that girls feel inspired and I hope they somehow see a lot of possibilities when they look at all the dolls.” – Naomi Osaka

According to a news release, Barbie will donate one dollar for every doll sold in the United States between March 6 and 11 to the brand’s Dream Gap initiative, which aims to increase awareness of factors that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.

Osaka is donating her Barbie partnership fee to the IOA center, an elementary school that her father helped build in Haiti.

The diverse collection also features Adwoah Aboah, Kirstina Vogel, Dipa Karmakar. See the full list of women represented in this collection below:

  • Adwoah Aboah, Activist and model, UK
  • Yara Shahidi, Actor, model and activist, US
  • Naomi Osaka, Tennis player, US
  • Kelsea Ballerini, Singer and songwriter, US
  • Kristina Vogel, Cycling champion, Germany
  • Dipa Karmakar, Gymanstics champion, India
  • Chen Man, Visual artist, China
  • Melodie Robinson, Sports journalist and presenter, New Zealand
  • Karla Wheelock, Mountaineer, writer and lecturer, Mexico
  • Tessa Virtue, Ice skater, Canada
  • Lisa Azuelos, Director, France
  • Eleni Antoniadou, Nasa scientist, Greece
  • Rosanna Marziale, Chef, Italy
  • Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE, journalist and editor, Australia
  • Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Actor, talk show host and author, Japan
  • Mariana Costa, Entrepreneur and activist, Peru
  • Iwona Blecharczyk, Professional truck driver, Poland
  • Gulse Birsel, Columnist, screenwriter and actor, Turkey
  • Maya Gabeira, Big-wave surger, Brazil
  • Lyasan Utiasheva, TV show host and rhythmic gymnastics champion, Russia

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