AHMEDABAD: World para-badminton champion Manasi Joshi has a Barbie doll modelled after her. On the event of worldwide day of woman youngster on Sunday, Joshi joined the choose membership of girls – Barbie Sheroes — who’ve had Barbie dolls modelled to their likeness.
Manasi Joshi is simply the second Indian girl — and the primary para-athlete – to have a Barbie doll modelled after her. The one different Indian to have acquired this laurel is gymnast Dipa Karmakar in 2019. Joshi has acquired the one-of-a-kind (OOAK) Barbie doll modelled to her likeness.
“It’s an immense honour to be felicitated by Barbie and having a doll modelled after me. Recognitions like these will assist me change perceptions amongst individuals about incapacity,” Manasi Joshi instructed TOI. Commenting on Barbie’s tagline – “You might be something”, Manasi mentioned, “Sure, it does apply to me to a big extent. That is about changing conditions into these of benefit.”
Sports activities was a part of Joshi’s schedule earlier than she met with a highway accident in 2011. Her left leg needed to be amputated due to the accident. Eight years down the road, in August 2019, Joshi was topped the para badminton champion on the world championships in Basel, Switzerland.
“The doll seems precisely like me, full with the ponytail. It’s stunning, full with the prosthesis and it could even maintain a badminton racquet. It’s a one-of-a-kind- which I’ll cherish and maintain for myself,” an elated Manasi mentioned.
Lokesh Kataria, head, advertising and marketing and franchise, Mattel Toys India (Pvt) Ltd, mentioned, “We consider that each woman ought to have the facility to beat her goals and these function fashions are the proper inspiration to assist them consider in themselves. Imagining she might be something is only the start. Truly, seeing that she will, makes all of the distinction.”
Manasi Joshi joins the likes of Frida Kahlo (fantastic artist), Naomi Osaka (tennis participant), Patty Jenkins (filmmaker), Nicola Adams Obe (boxing champion), Ibtihaj Muhammad (fencing champion), Bindi Irwin (conservationist) Madison De Rozario (Wheelchair Racing champion) and Sumeyye Boyaci (Para-Swimming Champion) amongst many others, who’ve had Barbie dolls modelled to their likeness in recognition of their achievements.