Barbie brings three dolls to the market in honor of Latin American athletes


In the past few years we’ve seen how Barbie, the most famous doll in the world, has paid tribute to real characters to inspire new generations. And even though they’re on the list Frida Kahlo and the Brazilian doctor Jaqueline goes, There has been no significant representation of Latin American women … until now. Barbie is launching three dolls in honor of the athletes from this side of the American continent.

Mattel recognized the sporting careers of these 3 women: Francisca Mardones from Chile and the two Mexicans Paola Espinosa and Paola Longoria. This as part of the Sheroes initiative and the campaign “Unique“.

Francisca Mardones

Barbie brings three dolls to the market in honor of Latin American athletes
Barbie brings three dolls to the market in honor of Latin American athletes

She is a Chilean Paralympic athlete who excels not in one or two disciplines, but in four: tennis, shot put, discus and javelin throwing. Francisca was one of the standard bearers who lived in the Chile Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He also has a gold medal from the Paralympic World Cup in Dubai, where he set the world record in the shot put with 8.19 meters. She also won bronze at the Parapan American Games in Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. In 2019, she took part in the Parapan American Games in Lima, where she won the silver medal.

“I am very excited about this tribute from Mattel. I have the feeling that the sports career that I have developed with a lot of dedication is paying off. I never thought I’d be the first Chilean woman to be honored with her own barbie, ”she said in a statement.

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Paola Espinosa

Espinosa is considered to be one of the most important athletes in the history of Mexican sport in the diving discipline. She took part in four Olympic Games and won two medals there, bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012, both in synchronized 10-meter platform jumps. In addition, he has won several medals: 8 gold medals at World Championships, 13 at Pan American Games, 8 at Central American and Caribbean Games.

Thank you for the wonderful tribute. Without a doubt, I know today that every effort and every purpose fulfilled was worth it, as I have motivated many girls with my example to dream until they have achieved their goals. Don’t let any limit stop you from being what you want to be, ”said the athlete on her account. Twitter.

Image: Courtesy of Barbie

Paola Longoria

Longoria, also Mexican, is a professional racquetball player, twice world champion, she also has three singles gold medals and three doubles from the International Racquetball Federation and three gold medals at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. In addition, he will recognized today as the best player in the world, according to the Professional racquetball organization for women.

“You just have to have a dream to achieve it. I always had the goal of being the best in the world, a difficult dream, but with a lot of discipline, dedication, passion and dedication I was able to achieve it, ”Longoria said on her Instagram account.

Image: Courtesy of Barbie

“I always dreamed of shouting to the world that there was a Mexican who could do it!”

“A tribute to women who, through their struggle and perseverance, have broken paradigms, achieved their goals and inspired millions of girls and women. We want to celebrate each of these women in recognition of their contribution to a fairer, more just and successful society, ”said Miguel Ángel Torreblanca, Marketing Director at Mattel LATAM.

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