Barbie is celebrating the super powers of six real-life women as part of their “Sheroes” campaign. According to Business Wire, go-getting ladies like Selma director Ava DuVernay, Lucky magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen and Broadway maven, Kristen Chenoweth, are being honored for breaking boundaries, challenging gender norms and inspiring young girls to be who they want to be.
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this Spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, General Manager of Barbie. “Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”
The dolls sadly won’t be available in stores as they were auctioned off after the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in New York City on April 24 with proceeds going to each honoree’s charity of choice. Barbie is also declaring today (April 27) National #Shero Day.
The complete list of Barbie’s 2015 Sheroes include:
Ava DuVernay: Director of the Academy Award Best Picture nominee, Selma, and founder of African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, which provides opportunities and resources to underrepresented filmmakers.
Emmy Rossum: Golden Globe-nominated actress and spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and a leader in the no-kill movement.
Eva Chen: Breaking boundaries by bringing inspiration to print as the youngest appointed female Editor-in-Chief of a national fashion magazine, Lucky.
Kristin Chenoweth: An inspiration on Broadway and beyond, the Emmy and Tony Award nominee and winner also founded the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund volunteering with young talent in the arts.
Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser: Five year-old fashion designer with work appearing in Vogue and signed on with major national fashion brand, J.Crew, for the collection ‘Little Mayhem for J.Crew’ launching in June.
Trisha Yearwood: A woman with many super powers, succeeding as an award-winning Country artist, best-selling author, Food Network host and entrepreneur.