On July 12th, Mattel added a new Barbie to its collection - Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. The new doll was designed by Carlyle Nuera, who also designed Barbies of Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald, and others.
The doll comes wearing Osaka's 2020 Australian Open outfit and comes with a visor, a tennis racket, a tennis ball, a sweatband, shoes and a doll stand. It sells for $29.99 on Barbie's online shop. I read that she is already sold out.
In an Instagram post, Osaka said she hoped it reminds every child that "they can do and be anything."
When I was young, Barbie dolls were very popular. I had many versions of Barbie and lots of clothes and carrying cases. I sewed (by hand) tons of outfits and accessories for them to wear. I don't remember any famous replica dolls. Maybe they were made but were too expensive for my family to buy. When I was in High School, I gave all of my Barbies and stuff to my younger cousin. Did you play with Barbies when you were young, or are you a collector?