By Allen Voivod
Yara Shahidi is using her powerful voice to inspire change. Smart and driven, Yara is an unstoppable force for the next generation. She's exactly the kind of person whom we're thrilled to honor as a role model for girls around the world, and to celebrate with a Yara Shahidi Barbie® Shero Doll!
Passionate about empowering her peers, Yara has used her platform as an actress, model, and change agent to launch We Vote Next, which strives to help new voters learn about the impact of using their voice and their vote to shape the future. This is what makes her a "Shero" – a woman who has broken boundaries to inspire the next generation.
To bring this doll to fans of Yara and of Barbie®, we turned to Lead Designer Carlyle Nuera. "Yara’s platform to get young people to vote absolutely resonates with me," Carlyle reveals. "While this upcoming presidential election isn’t my first, it's the first for someone like my cousin, who is only 20. I think it's critical for young people to make their voices heard through who they vote for, to shape the evolution of this country."
To help spread that message, our collectible, fully posable Yara Shahidi Barbie® Shero Doll comes dressed in her signature "Vote" T-shirt, worn under gray blazer and with matching pants. White platform sneakers complete the casual chic look, and her accessories emphasize her message. The backpack also features a "Vote" sticker, and she carries a ‘ballot’ to complete the overall design.
"The outfit was based on the original OOAK we did for her," Carlyle explains. "Since it’s not a big voluminous couture silhouette or embellished with sparkle, the magic is in the realism and fit of the suit. So we went through a few versions, tailoring the pattern to make sure it would look clean and chic in production. We also had to source a woven pinstripe suiting that would work in doll scale in terms of the thickness of the fabric and the spacing of the pinstripes."
The Yara Shahidi Barbie® Shero Doll is available in our online shop now. She's a Gold Label® doll retailing for $29.99, and during her debut, there will be a limit of two (2) dolls per person, so as many people as possible can add her to their collections. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.) She'll arrive in specially designed packaging, with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity.
Girls need more role models like Yara, because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning – actually seeing that they can makes all the difference. So, please ask yourself: who can you inspire today with the gift of a doll like this one?
Get your Yara doll today, and get another for someone who'll be voting before you know it!
Dharma Driven, Inc
Product subject to availability.
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