Radio 1’s Clara Amfo becomes Barbie for International Women’s Day

<p>Clara Amfo with her Barbie doll</p>

Clara Amfo with her Barbie doll


Clara Amfo is a Barbie girl living in a Barbie world after revealing the doll made in her likeness.

The Radio 1 Live Lounge DJ and ex Strictly Coming Dancing contestant tweeted “Thank you @barbie” to her 74,000 followers with pictures of her with the Barbie.

It was met with glee with people commenting their excitement underneath for Amfo.

According to the reply to another users tweet, the doll will be unfortunately not mass-produced for the market, but rather is a commemorative project to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.

At the launch, the multitalented Amfo said, “To say that I am honoured to be named a Barbie role model would be an understatement,”

Both Amfo and Barbie work alongside women advancement organisations such as Milk Honey Bees, a charity that seeks to support Black Women and their creative projects in London.

Barbie dolls were first introduced by toy company Mattel in 1959 after being designed by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with paper dolls. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and has a whole host of family members: sisters Skipper, Shelly and an on-off boyfriend Ken.

They fell out of favour in the noughties following her conversations about being outdated. However, she has since had a makeover and is back on track to being the classic toy she once was. Some of this comes from launching the Dream Gap Project, an organisation that helps girls achieve their potential by helping challenge gender stereotypes and self-esteem issues.

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