Barbie releases first ever Maori doll

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Barbie has celebrated International Woman’s Day by releasing its first ever Maori doll, modelled on New Zealand sports journalist Melodie Robinson.

The doll has curly hair and beautiful brown skin and holds a microphone to represent her occupation as a journalist. Ms Robinson is the first New Zealander to ever have a Barbie replication made.

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“Seriously cool to be selected to┬áinspire young girls with the first ever New Zealand Barbie – she’s Maori and a commentator!” Ms Robinson said on Instagram.

Ms Robinson is a former international Rugby player, winning two World Cups with the Silver Ferns – New Zealand’s female Rugby team. She has since moved into sports journalism and has been appointed TVNZ’s new General Manager of Sports and Events.

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This latest ‘Role Model’campaign by Matte will feature 20 women from 18 different countries as part of the Barbie’ anniversary and International Women’s Day