On Thursday 5th of February, Barbie will unveil a one of a kind Angela Merkel Barbie doll in honour and recognition of Germany's first female chancellor at the 60th International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
Barbie has chosen to honour and recognise the Chancellor Merkel as a very modern role model for girls. Chancellor Merkel has successfully led her country while also having major impact with her work in Europe, where she recently received the Charlemagne Prize in recognition of her relentless work to reform the European Union.
"Angela Merkel is an incredible role model and with this unique Angela Merkel Barbie Doll we want to honour and recognize her impact and influence on women all over the world to whom she has been a tremendous inspiration." said Richard Dickson, GM and Senior Vice President of Barbie. "For 50 years Barbie has inspired girls to believe they can be anything, and Chancellor Merkel certainly brings that message to life for girls worldwide."
With Forbes Magazine naming her "the most powerful woman in the world at present time" for three years in a row, Angela Merkel represents what lies at the core of the Barbie brand. As Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator, explained; "My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices."
The Angela Merkel Barbie doll will be exhibited at the International Toy Fair in Mattel's showroom from the 5th-10th February, beginning a year of celebrations to mark Barbie's five decades as a Fashion Icon and Princess of Pop culture.
Angela Merkel's outfit consists of a single breasted trouser suit in black wool crepe. The jacket can be opened and closed with realistic snaps. Inside the jacket, it has a beautiful "Barbie Pink" satin lining that matches Angela Merkel's blouse. When closed, it is accessorized with "buttons" made out of nine Swarovski crystals, three at the front and three on each of the sleeves. On her left lapel, she is wearing a miniaturized "Barbie" silo head logo. To complete the trouser suit she is wearing sheer black knee highs with lace trim and square toe low heel pumps.
Angela Merkel's necklace is hand made with nineteen white petite pearls and four pink crystal beads with a silver chain closure.
In designing her hair, a blond blend in a soft layered bob was chosen with wispy bangs brushed to the right.
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