You could say Adwoa Aboah's 2019 is going pretty well. It's barely a week into March and she's already released a beauty collaboration with Revlon and her Gurls Talk platform, walked in a London Fashion Week show in benefit of Justice4Grenfell, and announced that she'll take part in a panel on International Women's Day with Meghan Markle, Annie Lennox OBE, the former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard.
Oh, did we mentioned the British multi-hyphenate is only 26?
The latest advancement in her plot for world domination is just in time for International Women's Day (8 March). Aboah can officially check off one of the major markers of super-stardom: She now has her very own Barbie. Her and 20 other influential women, including previous BAZAAR cover star Yara Shahidi and tennis star Naomi Osaka, were selected to front the brand's "Shero" campaign.
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My very own Barbie! It’s mad!! Seeing my own doll that has my skin colour, shaved head, freckles and my tattoo’s is beyond mad. I spent the majority of my childhood wishing for blonde hair, pining over Barbies light skin and blue eyes. All those years ago and I didn’t feel like I was represented anywhere. But today with my big toothy grin I feel so very proud to have been awarded this Shero doll for all the hard work I have put into myself and @gurlstalk All I hope is that some little girl out there sees this and realises that her wildest dreams are possible if she puts her mind to it. I hear you and see you, this doll is for you. #MoreRoleModels #Shero #Barbie60 @BarbieStyle
Announcing the collaboration on Instagram, the Gurl Talk founder opened up about her intention with her Barbie: "Seeing my own doll that has my skin colour, shaved head, freckles and my tattoo’s is beyond mad. I spent the majority of my childhood wishing for blonde hair, pining over Barbies light skin and blue eyes...All those years ago and I didn’t feel like I was represented anywhere."
If you aren't crying yet, it gets EVEN MORE EMOTIONAL.
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Life is mad and wonderful and I’m in total shock! So excited to finally share with you my very own @Barbie Shero doll today. Through my organisation @GurlsTalk and Barbie’s mission to close the Dream Gap, we have both been on journeys to empower girls to believe anything is possible and I’m thrilled to work with Barbie for her 60th Anniversary to share my story and the community we have nurtured on Gurls Talk. What an absolute honor to be awarded this because of all the work I do with Gurls Talk means even more. Mad love to everyone at Barbie and all the amazing artists who made my Doll (by hand). This is a dream come true!!!! My one of a kind doll is wearing the outfit I won model of the year In, another pivotal moment in my career The outfit is by my loves @HalpernStudio and @StephenJonesMillinery Shoes by @LouboutinWorld and a second outfit repping the love of my life Gurls Talk. I CANT STOP SMILING! #MoreRoleModels #Shero #Barbie60 @BarbieStyle
Her Barbie has a number of very on-trend looks (as you'd expect), including the outfit that she wore at the 2017 Fashion Awards when she recieved Model of the Year. The doll has a very tiny remake of the glam little Halpern sequin dress she wore, as well as a pair of Louboutins and a turban from Stephen Jones.
Although Aboah doesn't identify as Muslim, giving children the option (among very, very limited options) to have a doll with a head-covering is a pivot in the direction of inclusivity.
"All I hope is that some little girl out there sees this and realises that her wildest dreams are possible if she puts her mind to it. I hear you and see you, this doll is for you," she writes on Instagram.
Yara Shahidi said of her Barbie and the Shero project: "Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other. We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine!
In addition to celebrating International Women's Day, the new Barbie collection is for the brand's 60th birthday celebration. As part of the company's Dream Gap Project, $1 from every Barbie that is purchased will go towards organizations designed to level the playing field for young girls.
What is the Dream Gap? "Starting at age 5, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs. They stop believing their gender can do or be anything. This is the Dream Gap, and this is the year Barbie begins working to close it," says their website.
Find out more about Barbie's Women's Day range and the women who inspired it, go to barbie.com.
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