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British boxer Nicola Adams turned into Barbie as part of hero series

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Barbie have introduced a hero range of dolls for International Womens Day.

And boxer Nicola Adams is the first Brit to make the ‘shero’ range, designed to honour inspiring women.

Nicola is an MBE and an OBE and has won two Olympic gold medals in the women's flyweight division in the 2012 and 2016 games.

Barbie manufacturers Mattel say they chose Nicola because of her outstanding contributions to boxing.

"I am so excited and honoured to be Barbie's first ever UK Shero and the first ever boxer Barbie," Nicola said.

"My hope is that everything I do helps more people realise they can do anything they put their mind to.

"Without my own role models, I wouldn't be where I am today.

"Growing up, my biggest role models were my mum and Muhammad Ali - there were no female boxers in media when I was a kid, and I might have discovered my passion sooner if I'd seen other women boxing.

"That's why empowering the next generation of kids is something I'm passionate about and it's great to work with Barbie to share my story now," she added.

Barbie has also introduced an Inspiring Women doll line - a range celebrating inspirational historical figures.

The first three dolls will be Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo, female aviator Amelia Earhart and Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson, one of the women depicted in the 2017 film Hidden Figures.

Sadly, there are no current plans for the global "Sheros" to go on sale. But we can hope.

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