Veteran Australian journalist Ita Buttrose has been busy in the past two weeks.
First, she was named the next chair of ABC, and now the media mogul will be immortalised as a Barbie doll.
To honour Barbie’s 60th anniversary, toy company Mattel have decided to manufacture a doll made in Ms Buttrose’s likeness.
The Ita Buttrose Barbie is dressed in a bright red shirt and jacket, paired with a black skirt and heels.
With the polished “Buttrose bob”, the doll looks every bit the Ita that Australia knows and loves; she even clutches a black handbag with a newspaper peeking out of the top.
Ms Buttrose said that the doll was a huge honour.
“It’s important that girls have visible role models, and when they play with dolls like Barbie, they imagine everything they can become and believe that anything is possible,” she said.
The Ita doll is one of many designed for the “Shero” range, made up of more than 20 female role models from around the world.
The diverse line-up of Shero dolls hail from 18 different countries and are aged from 18 to 85 years old.
Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, the first Japanese player in history to win a Grand Slam title, is among the chosen women.
Ms Buttrose’s said she hoped her Barbie doll would help young girls remember they “can be anything they want to be.”
“My experience tells me there’s always a way around obstacles. You just have to be determined to find it,” she said.
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– Written by Jackson Miller