Young African women have in recent years been making remarkable impact on the global fashion terrain in diverse innovative ways. Celebrated Ghanaian-British model and activist, Adhoa Aboah is one of 20 women to be honoured by Barbie manufacturing company with dolls of their own or dolls fashioned after them.
Named ‘The Shero Dolls Project, The fashion doll manufacturing company is launching the project that will present 20 trailblazing women in various fields as Barbie to inspire the next generation of women, and also to celebrate International Women’s Day and the 60th Anniversary of the first release of the first doll in 1959.
This year, aside from their Shero doll project, the Barbie brand makers are focusing on diversity and inclusivity to close the “Dream Gap” that sees girls limit themselves from as early as age five due to their gender.
In 1967, the first coloured Barbie was created 8 years after the first Barbie was created. Despite having very Caucasian features, the Barbie doll which was popularly called Black Francie was widely accepted as the world’s number 1 doll manufacturer took a bold step forward.
A year later, in 1968, Barbie Christie was made and became the first black doll with more African features.