It’s been a big 12 months for Naomi Osaka. She won the US Open title, backed it up with the Australian Open title and she soared to World No. 1 in the rankings and now the 21 year old is set to get her own Barbie. Osaka joins the latest group of powerful and inspiring women to have a Barbie “Sheroe” doll made to look like her, as part of the toy brand’s Dream Gap Project.
“It’s a really big honour,” Osaka told PEOPLE. “I’ve played with Barbies when I was a kid, and I think it’s a bit of a surreal experience to have the opportunity to have a Barbie that looks like me”.
Barbie shared the news on Instagram, with an image of all the newest additions to their initiative with the caption: “As part of our ongoing commitment to #CloseTheDreamGap, we are honoring #MoreRoleModels from around the world than ever before.
These empowering women are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. #YouCanBeAnything #Barbie60”.
This year’s group of new dolls also includes ice dancing champion, Tessa Virtue, cycling champion, Kristina Vogel, and sports journalist, Melodie Robinson, among others.
These empowering women are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. 🌍 #YouCanBeAnything #Barbie60
Barbie’s global initiative to close the Dream Gap aims to inspire, empower and give girls the resources they need to continue to believe they can be anything. Barbie will donate $1 from any doll sold in the United States, up to 250,000, to the Dream Gap Project.