New Barbie modeled after COVID Vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert
Toymaker Mattel Inc modeled a new barbie to pay tribute to Sarah Gilbert, co-developer of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. The new “Gilbert Barbie” is a spitting image of Sarah. The doll can be seen wearing a long-oversized navy-blue pantsuit along with rimmed black spectacles, just how Sarah prefers it. In a candid interview, Gilbert said, “It’s a very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness. I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science.”
This isn’t the first time a Barbie has been created, modeling a real-life hero, the list of similar dolls includes Chika Stacy’s doll which aims to spread awareness about systematic racism in healthcare, and Dr. Kirby’s doll which pays tribute to her contribution as a frontline worker.