Lira makes history as first African Barbie doll

Lira makes history as first African Barbie doll

South African musician and businesswoman Lerato "Lira" Molapo has become the first African to have a Barbie doll made in her image.


The ‘Lira doll’ is part of Barbie's 60th anniversary campaign to inspire more girls.

Lira joins the likes of tennis star Naomi Osaka, artist Frida Kahlo, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, supermodel Adwoa Aboah, US actress Yara Shahidi and US filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

"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,” Lira said.

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