Growing up as a black child, it was always a mission to find a Barbie Doll that matched our skin. While our fairer-skinned peers played around with toys that looked just like they did, black children were forced to find a way to relate to the blonde-haired Malibu Barbie while the hope of a chocolate-coloured Barbie from Daveyton appeared to be a distant dream.
The Barbie brand has since diversified, but Tuesday felt like a massive step forward for African children when Lira unveiled her very own Barbie doll, made in her likeness. The doll was made as part of Barbie's 60th anniversary celebratory campaign titled Shero, which aims to empower and inspire girls around the world.
An absolutely proud Lira took to Instagram to share the news and revealed just how important a moment this was for not only herself but all the girls she hoped to inspire:
"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."
Dozens of followers took to the comments section to praise Lira for the empowering move she was making just days before South African Women's Day. DJ Zinhle wrote, "Congratulations Lira. That is so dope." while Terry Pheto dubbed the doll as "Beautiful" and Minnie Dlamini beamed, "That is incredible ♥️ You inspire us every day".
This news couldn't have come at a better time for the singer who recently made headlines after announcing the heartbreaking news that she was now seperated from her husband of nine years, Robin Kohl. They say the best way to deal with a breakup is to glow up, and Lira and her new Barbie doll have taken that advice literally.
Congratulations to the singer. Parents, will you be buying your daughters (or sons!) the brand new Lira Barbie Doll?
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