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Lira become first African Barbie role model

Musician and businesswoman Lerato Molapo, affectionately known as Lira to her fans, has become the first African to have an official 60th anniversary Barbie doll with her resemblance.

Lira announced the news on her social media pages, saying that she is thrilled to be bestowed with such an honour.

“I’m deeply honoured to be Barbie’s first African role model and am excited to align with brand that is on a mission to show girls more diverse role models. I have always been someone who endeavors the celebration of my skin tone and natural hair, and it is amazing to see this reflected in my doll, which I hope will inspire girls across the African continent. This is an enormous gesture and affirmation that the world is celebrating Africa for who we are.”

The Lira doll was made as part of the Shero campaign, which aims to inspire girls.

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