Kim and Jada
unveiled as Barbie dolls
Kim and Jada
unveiled as Barbie dolls A one-of-a-kind Barbie doll
honoring Kim was today unveiled on the opening day of the
world's largest toy fair in Nuremburg, Germany. She is
the first female athlete to be immortalized by the
world's leading doll brand.
follows in the footsteps of celebrities Oprah
Winfrey and German chancellor Angela
Merkel. In 2010 she will be joined by HRH
Princess Victoria of Sweden and
world-renowned author J.K. Rowling.
Kim said: "When I was a young girl I played with my Barbie
dolls all the time and took them with me
everywhere I went. I am therefore deeply honoured and
humbled as I today join the ranks of iconic women who
represent Barbie's aspirational values."
In addition, Kims daughter Jada will
also receive her very own unique Barbie doll. Kim
explains; "My family means everything to me, so I
was really excited when I found out that Jada would also
receive her very own "Jada" Barbie doll. This
is something that is very special to me and my family and
we will cherish it for life."
Rosa Zeegers, Senior Vice President,
Barbie International, said; "Kim Clijsters is a
reflection of modern women across the world as she is
successfully combining a successful career while enjoying
life with her family. As one of the most gifted tennis
players this world has ever seen Kim Clijsters is an
inspiration to a whole generation of girls and embodies
the values of Barbie."
These honorary one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls are rarely
released and when it has happened over the past 50 years,
it has only been to a select group of women who have
embraced and represented what Ruth Handler,
the inventor of Barbie, intended with the Barbie doll;
"My whole philosophy of Barbie is that through the
doll, a little girl could be anything she wants to be.
Barbie always represents the fact that a woman has
Previous recipients include US chat-show queen Oprah
Winfrey, Sally Ride - the first
female astronaut - Melinda Gates, Angela
Merkel - Germany's first female chancellor - as well
as Hollywood icons such as Elizabeth Taylor
and Marilyn Monroe.
Presently this is a one of a kind doll, although there is
a possibility of select retail distribution later in the
Clijsters doll facts
portrait doll has been sculpted in the likeness of Kim
Clijsters with her golden blonde hair, accented with
light blonde highlights, pulled back in a low ponytail,
while wavy curls frame her face. She wears a tennis
ensemble inspired by the one she wore when she won the
final of the US Open in 2009. Created of authentic Fila
fabric, the ensemble includes a miniature re-creation of
Kim Clijsters' top and skirt. She wears a silvery
necklace with clear Swarovski® crystal. Also included
are real socks, and tennis shoes that sport the Barbie®
silhouette and logo graphics. Her racquet features
authentic tennis grip and Barbie® logo; the ball is
authentic tennis-green. The proud symbol of her
accomplishment, a genuine pewter replica of the US Open
trophy is included.
The doll also comes with a miniature version of Kim
Clijsters' daughter, Jada. This tiny doll charms with
golden blonde curls, styled in a cute and playful look.
Jada wears a re-creation of the actual outfit she wore on
the day her mother became the US Open champion. The pants
and black and white striped top, created of single knit,
were meticulously designed to match the original.