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Hi Barbie! Mary Fowler joins the pantheon of Barbie-honoured sportswomen ahead of the Olympics

It's Mary Fowler's world, and we're simply sitting sportside in it. At a mere 21 years old, Mary Fowler is a critical player for the Australian national and Manchester City football teams. She was selected for the FIFA World Cup in 2019 - the team’s youngest player - when she was just 16 years old. Since her rise, she has been to two FIFA World Cups, the 2020 Tokyo Games and is currently preparing for Paris 2024. She's also, most noticeably, fronted our digital cover of RUSSH. 

In the lead-up to the Parisian Olympics, the Matilda's goalie has been awarded with a lifetime achievement: her very own Barbie Doll. Barbie has honoured nine women athletes from around the world with their own doll. The line-up includes American tennis player Venus Williams, the first woman in tennis to earn equal prize money at Wimbledon, and Canada's Christine Sinclair, soccer’s greatest international scorer.

In a statement, Fowler says: “I wanted to have my Barbie doll replicate when I feel my most confident self, and that for me is when I’m on the pitch playing football. During the design process, it was really cool working with the team to ensure my look was brought to life in my Barbie. Being a positive influence, and seeing young girls recreate my look has been so special, and to finally hold my doll and see her wear my bubble braid, my gloves and even my boots, made my Barbie doll unique and connected to me.”



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In continuation of the doll brand's 65th anniversary, Barbie has committed to an ongoing legacy of honouring women in sports. The collection is a testament to Barbie's desire to amplify women's voices and participation across a myriad of sports.


Which other athletes are being honoured as a Barbie Doll?

Mary Fowler (Australia): Football Player

Venus Williams (United States): Tennis Player

Christine Sinclair (Canada): Soccer Player

Estelle Mossely (France): Boxer

Alexa Moreno (Mexico): Gymnast

Rebecca Andrade (Brazil): Gymnast

Susan Rodriguez (Spain): Paratriathlon Athlete

Federica Pellegrini (Italy): Swimmer

Ewa Swoboda (Poland): Track and Field Sprinter


Where can you get your own Barbie doll?

You can purchase the You Can Be Anything Sports Barbie Dolls at Big W. All Soccer Dolls and Sports Dolls will retail for $21.


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