Barbie doll Lira

Lira gets honoured with a Barbie which looks just like her

South African singer Lerato Molapo, known professionally as Lira, has made history by becoming the first ever African celebrity to have a Barbie doll made in her likeness, as part of Barbie’s 60th Anniversary Shero campaign.

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According to reports found on Channel 24, since 2015, Barbie has honoured woman who continue to “break boundaries” in their industries. The campaign celebrates role models who inspire young girls to be all they can be.

Taking to Instagram, Lira wrote: “I am proud to announce that I have been awarded a one-of-a-kind Lira Barbie doll, as part of Barbie’s 60th Anniversary Shero campaign celebrating role models who inspire young girls to be all they can be. I am the very first African to be bestowed with this honour and I’m simply thrilled to be honoured in this way (sic).”

In another Instagram post, Lira wrote that she is deeply honoured to be Barbie’s first African role model and she’s excited to align with brand that is on a mission to show girls more diverse role models.

“I have always been someone who endeavours the celebration of my skin tone and natural hair, and it is amazing to see this reflected in my doll which I hope will inspire girls across the African continent. This is an enormous gesture and affirmation that the world is celebrating Africa for who we are.” – She wrote.

The doll is dressed in an African print top created by local fashion designer Sello Medupe. The earrings are made by a local jeweller.

Lira joins role models who includes Maya Gabiera, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Chen Man and Misty Copeland.



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