Barbie sparks the unlimited potential of every child that plays with the iconic dolls. There isn’t anything Barbie can’t do. Barbie’s Inspiring Women series is getting three new additions with some of the most inspirational women of all time, Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald and Florence Nightingale.

Billie Jean King Barbie
Photographer Paul Jordan / Stylist Jennifer Hoon

The Inspiring Women series debuted in 2018 on International Women’s Day featuring Barbie dolls based on artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. This line is dedicated to honoring modern and historical role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. Last year, Barbie inspired a new generation of girls with the release of two new dolls,  Rosa Parks and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. 

Florence Nightengale Barbie
Photographer Jason Tidwell
Stylist Jennifer Hoon

The new dolls are part of Mattel’s mission to close the Dream Gap, a multi-year global initiative to raise awareness around limiting factors that prevent girls from reaching their full potential, by showing girls more role models (historical & present) and telling their stories.

Each doll features authentic clothing and unique accessories, plus educational information about the honoree’s contributions to society, so girls can be inspired by their stories through play.

Ella Fitzgerald Barbie
Photographer Jason Tidwell
Stylist Jennifer Hoon


The dolls are available at Target, Walmart, Amazon and at Barbie. They retail for $29.99.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Mattel


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