Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams has inspired a Barbie doll, released for International Women’s Day.
The two-times Olympic gold medal winner is the first UK and bisexual star to be a ‘Shero’.
Mattel says they chose Nicola to honor her and inspire other women.
Nicola Adams is first ‘bisexual’ Barbie
‘I am so excited and honored to be… first ever boxer Barbie,’ Nicola said.
The Nicola Adams doll has boxing gloves, gear embroidered with her ‘Lioness’ nickname, and her cropped hairstyle’.
‘My hope is that everything I do helps more people realise they can do anything they put their mind to,’ Nicola added.
‘Without my own role models, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
‘Growing up, my biggest role models were my mum and Muhammad 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.
‘That’s why empowering the next generation of kids is something I’m passionate about. It’s great to work with Barbie to share my story now.’
Other Barbie ‘Sheroes’
Mattel has chosen 14 other women from across the world to be a Barbie ‘Shero’.
Others being honored this year include director Patty Jenkins, gold medalist Chloe Kim,and conservationist Bindi Irwin.
Also being turned into dolls are windsurfer Çağla Kubat, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball star Hui Ruoqi, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, journalist Martyna Wojchiechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.
‘Barbie hopes to encourage girls to pursue their dreams,’ Mattel said.
Barbie have also introduced their Inspiring Women doll line – a range celebrating inspirational historical figures.
The first three dolls will be Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, one of the women depicted in 2017 film Hidden Figures.
International Women’s Day 2018 is on Thursday 8 March.