Check Out Ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan's "Barbie Role Model" Doll
San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan and her Barbie lookalike (via Mattel)
Barbie is pretty woke these days.
Not only did Mattel introduce a Misty Copeland Barbie doll last year, but now the company is Barbie-ifying another inspiring ballerina: San Francisco Ballet's Yuan Yuan Tan, the first Chinese dancer to reach principal status in a major Western ballet company.
Tan's doll is part of Mattel's 2018 Role Models collection, whose release coincides with International Women's Day. The series of "shero" dolls also includes Olympic snowboarding champ Chloe Kim, conservationist Bindi Irwin, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
The Barbie Role Models (via Mattel)
While you won't be able to buy your own Yuan Yuan Tan Barbie—the Role Model dolls are one of a kind and not for sale—it's great to see ballerinas recognized for the superwomen they are. "It's important to me that young girls know that they can be anything they want to be," Tan told the San Francisco Chronicle, "so they should dream big and never give up!"