The 12 year old professional skateboarder and surfer, Sky Brown, has been unveiled as the latest Barbie Role Model as the iconic fashion doll brand revealed its new, one-of-a-kind doll created in her likeness. Toy maker Mattel chose to immortalise the young sportswoman to highlight the boundaries that she has already broken for the next generation of girls.
Born to a British father and a Japanese mother, Brown will be competing for Team Great Britain next year at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the youngest athlete to compete next year. Brown will also become Great Britain’s youngest Summer Olympian, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936.
The 12 year old began skating and surfing at age two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.
The new Barbie doll is dressed in Nike activewear and holds a skateboard. The doll was gifted to Brown as she recovers from injuries from a fall that left her with a broken left wrist and hand, as well as skull fractures.
Brown said: “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021 and nothing will stop me.
“Having a Barbie created in my likeness is one of the most incredible things that’s ever happened to me. I hope other girls my age can see what is possible when you follow your dreams.”
Earlier this year, the young athlete released a book called Sky’s the Limit, a compilation of stories and inspirational quotes illustrating her journey so far. She hopes to continue making history while inspiring fans of all ages across the world to reach for their dreams and become unstoppable.
This year, Barbie is spotlighting female role models in sports, in an effort to close the Dream Gap; the time when girls start to doubt that they can be anything. Research shows that when girls play sports, they report higher levels of confidence, which in turn breaks down barriers to girl’s self-belief.
The Barbie Dream Gap Project is an ongoing global initiative that aims to give girls the resources and support needed to continue to believe that they can be anything.
Barbie is working to close the Dream Gap by highlighting role models across global culture, including the likes of Dina Asher-Smith, the fasten woman in British history; the activist and model Adwoa Aboah; and the Olympic Boxer Nicola Adams. The Barbie brand is also using the campaign to encourage purposeful play among children and by donating funds to organisations around the world working to change the lives of girls.
Earlier this year for International Women’s Day Barbie announced further sports role models:
- Dina Asher-Smith, World champion Sprinter, UK – Dina Asher-Smith is a World Champion, four times European Champion and the fastest British woman in history.
- Amandine Henry, France – National French Football Captain
- Malaika Mihambo, Olympic Long Jumper, Germany – With her 7.30m Long Jump record, she became world champion in 2019, and became Germany’s second-best female long jumper of all time. In 2019, she also received the award for ‘Sportswoman of the Year.’
- Teresa Bonvalot, Portugal – Professional Surfer
- Anat Lelior, Israel – Olympic Surfer
- Nicol David, Malaysia – World Squash Champion
- Sümeyye Boyacı, Turkey – Paralympics Swimmer
- Olga Kharlan, Ukraine – Sabre Frencer
- Airinė Palšytė, Lithuania – European Champion High Jumper
- Madison de Rozario, Australia – Paralympic athlete
- Wu Min Xia, China – Diver, Olympic Champion
- Shino Matsuda, Japan – Surfer