Barbie Honors Olympic Figure Skater, Kristi Yamaguchi, with Inspiring Women Doll

New doll added to Inspiring Women line.

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April 29, 2024

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Kristi Yamaguchi Barbie doll.
Kristi Yamaguchi Barbie doll.Mattel

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, Barbie is honoring U.S. figure skating champion and Olympic gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi, with an Inspiring Women doll.     

As the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, a best-selling author and children’s literacy advocate, Yamaguchi is a trailblazer on and off the ice. She is a source of inspiration for young girls around the globe to pursue their passions.      

“Barbie is proud to honor Kristi Yamaguchi as the latest addition to our Inspiring Women series,” says Krista Berger, senior vice president, Barbie and global head, dolls, Mattel

 “As the first Asian American to win a gold medal in the Olympics, she has broken down barriers for women and Asian Americans in the sports industry, inspiring young girls to, as Kristi Yamaguchi says, ‘Dream big and accomplish big things.’ Her determination, advocacy and commitment to educating and empowering the next generation perfectly embodies the mission of the Barbie brand and we couldn’t be more thrilled to amplify her inspirational story for a new generation of kids.” 

Not only did Barbie work closely with Yamaguchi to sculpt a doll in proper reflection of her likeness but as part of the launch and continued support of the AAPI community, Barbie is also making a donation to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream and Aspire (Asian Sister Participating in Reaching Excellence), an organization committed to building and empowering a community of Asian American women leaders through identity development, mentorship and education.  

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“My life’s work – whether on the ice or off through my advocacy at Always Dream – has been driven by my personal mission to inspire new generations of athletes, students and activists,” says Yamaguchi. “Collaborating with Mattel to create my Inspiring Women Barbie doll is a natural extension of our shared purpose, and I hope it serves as a constant reminder for young kids everywhere to follow their dreams.” 

The Kristi Yamaguchi doll is available on the Mattel Shop, Amazon, Walmart and Target. 

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