Gabby Douglas was selected as one of five gymnasts to represent the U.S. Olympic team in Rio this summer. She also debuted her new Barbie Shero doll.
The 20-year-old gymnast announced the awesome Barbie news on Twitter this morning, writing: “Excited to debut my @Barbie Shero doll! Let’s continue to break barriers & dream big, girls!”
Douglas tweeted the news with a photo of her and her new Barbie Shero doll at the gym.
“I’m so excited,” Douglas told People Magazine of her new doll. “My older sister and I used to play with Barbies and create these dramatic fantasy stories, so it’s such a huge honor.”
Douglas told Mattel that she’s “speechless” that she has her very own doll. “It’s crazy,” she said, “I never would’ve thought in a million years that I would be in this spot. Everyone sees me as a role model and it’s just fantastic.”
Over the past year, Gabby Douglas has worked to make sure her signature Barbie looks like her. So she was involved in selecting the wardrobe, offering input on hair texture and making sure the doll is as flexible as the Olympic gold medalist.
The Barbie features a red, white and blue leotard and “It looks exactly like me,” said Douglas. “It was a really fun process.”
The 2012 Olympic all-around champion was the first black gymnast to win individual gold and she returned to win a second consecutive team Olympic gold in Rio.
The release of the doll is the latest post-Olympic venture for Douglas, who launched a line of lipsticks with Beauty Bakerie in March. Based in Los Angeles with her family, Douglas said she hopes to get into acting during her break from gymnastics.
“I’m really enjoying things I didn’t get to do because I was training,” she said. “Right now I’m just enjoying life and the amazing opportunities.”