Small wonder: How Barbie turned Lira into a living doll

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Small wonder: How Barbie turned Lira into a living doll

I was concerned about the hair, says singer of her lookalike toy, but it turned out to be her favourite part

Toni Jaye Singer

Singer Lira has become the first African woman to have a Barbie doll modelled in her likeness. The unique creation is part of Barbie’s Shero campaign, which kicked off in 2015. Since then, toy brand Mattel has created 50 lookalike dolls honouring diverse women they regard as inspirational role models for children.

They include plus-size model Ashley Graham, Nasa research mathematician Katherine Johnson, and When They See Us director Ava DuVernay.

Not all of the Shero dolls have been well received, however. The Frida Kahlo Barbie released last year was lambasted on social media for failing to properly replicate the iconic Mexican painter’s heavy unibrow, or the traditional Tehuana-style dresses she wore...

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