Barbie, the iconic line of dolls from toymaker Mattel, has introduced a new version in collaboration with National Geographic: Photojournalist Barbie. The doll, styled as a wildlife photographer, designed for children between the ages of 3 and 7, is meant to "empower girls to be adventurous, spirited, and enthusiastic about exploring the world."
Barbie has been around since 1959 and has gone through countless iterations. Photojournalist Barbie is a part of a partnership with Mattel on several career dolls, including Entomologist Barbie, Polar Marine Biologist Barbie, Wildlife Conservationist Barbie, and Astrophysicist Barbie. Photojournalist Barbie comes dressed in a photo vest with "National Geographic Society" and an outfit befitting of a wildlife photographer. She also comes with a camera and a lion cub to pose. Personally, I love seeing this, as Barbie is an iconic doll with a lot of influence over many children, and opening the world of photography to them could inspire them to explore photography on a deeper level when they grow up by showing them that this is most certainly a career option. You can see a promotional video for the doll in the video above. And if you are interested, you can purchase Photojournalist Barbie, on sale now, here.