Robert: Tessa Virtue to get her own Barbie doll
Canadian figure skating royalty, Tessa Virtue is getting immortalized in the form of her own Barbie doll.
“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”
I’ve been wanting to share this news forever!@Barbie’s 60th anniversary #YouCanBeAnything campaign is honouring #MoreRoleModels in their continued commitment to #CloseTheDreamGap-SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it.
More to come, need to collect my emotions first 😭 https://t.co/xg24LRFGtj
— Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) March 6, 2019
The Olympic medalist will be part of the toy line’s new “Role Models” series and will be adorned in the red dress she wore while competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Virtue and Moir are the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with three gold and two silver medals.
“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honouring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honourees, was chosen because through hard work, determination and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” says Mattel Canada brand manager Lisa Perry.
The Barbie Role Models line also includes dolls modeled after tennis player Naomi Osaka, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and model Ashley Graham.