Olympic Snowboarder Chloe Kim Was Just Turned Into a Barbie Doll
This "girly girl" is here to prove you can play with dolls, dye your hair pink, and kick ass in the Olympics.
If snowboarder Chloe Kim wasn't already the coolest 17-year-old on the block for becoming the youngest woman to win an Olympic medal snowboarding at the 2018 Winter Olympics, then it's safe to say she is after this week. First, she got a personal shout-out in Frances McDormand's speech at the Oscars. Today, she's been immortalized in Barbie form. So it's safe to say she's reached household name status.
Kim's doll is part of a lineup of 17 historical and modern-day role models from around the world that Barbie is rolling out in honor of International Women's Day. The dolls cover a broad spectrum of professions, to help "inspire the limitless potential in girls," said Lisa McKnight, SVP and GM of Barbie, in the press release. "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything."
With Kim's doll, Mattel (who announced late last year a Barbie modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad) continue to prove the point that you can play sports *and* play with dolls. (Duh.) There are six additional athletes in the new line-up along with Kim, including a boxing champ from the U.K., a windsurfer from Turkey, and soccer player from Italy.
Kim, a self-proclaimed "girly girl" who loves shopping, hopes her doll will help prove that you can be feminine and also kick ass in the halfpipe. "Barbie's message-to show girls that they can be anything-is something I can get behind. I'm so honored to be considered a role model and want girls to know that they can be athletic and girly at the same time!" Kim told us.