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Gabby Douglas Honored With Mattel Doll Made In Her Likeness

Updated on July 12, 2016
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Gabby Douglas Gets Mattel Barbie Doll Made in Her Likeness

On July 10, 2016, Gabby Douglas was named to the team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, along with fellow gymnasts Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kochian, and Aly Raisman. Raisman was also on the winning team in 2012 with Douglas.

Making the team was not the only good news for Gabby. Instead of giving Gabby Douglas flowers or a trophy for qualifying to go to the Rio Olympics, Mattel is honoring Gabby by having created a Barbie doll in her likeness. The doll is part of Mattel's "Shero" line.

It seemed like it was touch and go for the 2012 champion at the trials. She made some mistakes, but she made the team and will be representing the United States in Rio in August.


The Shero Line of Mattel Dolls

Gabby's Barbie is not the first of Mattel's "Shero" dolls. Gabby's doll joins the following other dolls in the family:

  • Misty Copeland
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Eva Chen
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Zendaya
  • Sydney Keiser
  • Kristin Chenoweth

All of these dolls focus on female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries.

About Gabby Douglas

Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas was born December 31, 1995. The 20-year-old gymnast was part of the Fierce Five who represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the first African-American woman to win gold medals in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She is also the only American all-around champion to win multiple gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Douglas is the first female reigning Olympic all-around champion to return to the World Championships and medal in the all-around since Elena Davydova in 1981. Douglas is also the reigning AT&T American Cup all-around champion.

Because of Douglas' achievements, the Lifetime network aired a biopic of her life in the 2014 "The Gabby Douglas Story." The Virginia Beach, Virginia native performed her own stunts in the film.

Gabby Douglas' Honors and Awards Since 2012 Olympics

June 2012
Featured with her team on cover of Sports Illustrated
First time for Olympic gymnastics team on cover
July 20, 2012
Featured on Time magazine
One of five Olympic covers. Each gymnast had her own cover.
August 3, 2012
Kellogg put Douglas with medal standing on box of cornflakes
This broke the tradition of Olympic athletes appearing on Wheaties boxes.
August 26, 2012
Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
Spoke about been bullied as a gymnast
In September 2012
Ad for Nintendo
New ad campaign for New Super Mario Bros. 2
September 4, 2012
Led Pledge of Allegiance for Democratic National Convention
First time for a gymnast
December 2012
Released autobiography, "Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith"
Debuted at number four on The New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List
December 2012
Named Female Athlete of the Year
Fourth gymnast to receive the honor
June 2013
Received two BET Awards
Usually people receive one at time
August 12, 2013
Small acting role on the Disney XD series "Kickin It"
Was part of Douglas' life story
February 1, 2014
"The Gabby Douglas Story" aired on Lifetime
Gabby played herself at end when she did stunts at Olympics
May 25, 2016
Played herself in an Oxygen reality show with family
"Douglas Family Gold"
July 10, 2016
Gets Mattel Doll made in her image for making the US gymnast team for Rio Olympics
Only one of a few women to get a Mattel doll made in their likeness


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      Margaret Minnicks 21 months ago from Richmond, VA

      MsDora, thanks for being a fan of my articles!

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      Dora Weithers 21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Gabby's life and Olympic performances are inspiring! Thanks for writing this piece. I think highly of Mattel for recognizing and honoring her.