Barbie releases new dolls for Women's Day

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Undated handout photo issued by Mattel of double Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams with a one-off first ever boxer Barbie as part of its Shero programme recognising women who inspire girls with their achievements unveiled for International Women's Day. Photo credit Mattel/PA Wire

A trailblazing film director. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. An iconic artist. Barbie is marking International Women's Day by honouring some of the inspiring women of the present and the past.

The brand announced on Tuesday, a day before International Women's Day, that it has chosen 17 modern-day and historic role models to honour with a doll in their likeness.

The 14 new honorees of the brand's "Shero" program include Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Olympic gold medallist Chloe Kim.

The brand's new "Inspiring Women" series is honouring pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart; celebrated artist Frida Kahlo; and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who broke race and gender barriers.

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