South African musician Lerato “Lira” Molapo was part of a global campaign to honour extraordinary women with a doll in their likeness.
Lira is the first African women to be awarded with a Barbie doll made in her likeness.
A global campaign call #MoreRoleModels was launched on 8 March 2019(International Women’s Day) to honour extraordinary women with a Barbie doll in their likeness.
All this forms part of the Babie doll 60th anniversary.
According to TshisaLive, Lira made history joining global women such as British supermodel Adwoa Aboah, US actress Yara Shahidi, US filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka.
The Lira doll was revealed in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It sports Lira’s signature short hairstyle and dons an over-sized African print top created by local fashion designer, Sello Medupe, as well as over-sized earrings made by a local jewelry-maker.
Lira post read: While I was in LA, I visited the Barbie design centre, an incredible creative place of a global brand that focuses on the nurturing the limitless potential in every girl. The dedication from the Barbie team to create my one-of-a kind doll from sketch to final doll was amazing and hope it inspires girls across the African continent that you can be anything.
The singer also posted a picture with her mini-me saying: It’s been a long day for baby girl and I. I think this counts as one of my favourite days this year! Thank you for all your love, support and congratulations – it was an historic day indeed! Thank you once again to Barbie for this honour – I’m a real African Barbie, and the very first one in the continent.
Main picture screenshot/ Instagram/ miss_lira.