Barbie to honour Dame Valerie Adams with a doll in her likeness

Must See 16/07/2020

Kiwi gold medal Olympian Dame Valerie Adams is set to be honoured by recieving her very own Barbie doll.

Mattel, the toy company behind Barbie, created the doll as a way to honour 'trail-blazing women'.

Valerie is the second NZ woman to be given the honour.

Valerie spoke to the Herald about the process of getting the Barbie created...

"I'm six foot four [1.9m], I'm a big Pacific Island woman. Never in my mind would I have thought something like this would be possible," she said.

"To have them choose me was surprising but also very exciting.vIt's an amazing campaign and I'm really honoured to be a part of it."

"They got all the details right," Valerie continued.

"When I look at the Barbie, all I see is me. The bun, the hoops, all the rest of it. My strapping I wear when I'm throwing. She looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself, she's quite amazing."

"It's a way that I can reach out to young girls here in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

"If they can see something that looks like them, it makes them feel normal - to be able to see something in their own likeness is quite exciting. I have a daughter and I have a responsibility to be a positive role model for her."