Barbie honours Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock with International Women's Day doll

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Barbie is honouring British space scientist and educator Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock with its latest Role Model doll.

The one-off doll was given to the U.K. space scientist to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday as well as British Science Week, which runs from 10 - 19 March.

Dr. Aderin-Pocock is a former President of the British Science Association and is best known for presenting BBC One's The Sky at Night as well as her work looking deep into space with the James Webb telescope.

She said: "Since falling in love with the idea of space travel as a young girl, I have spent my career trying to show girls how fascinating Space science can be. I want to inspire the next generation of scientists, and especially girls, and let them know that STEM is for them. These subjects are just too important to be left to the guys because, through science, you can literally change the world. I hope my doll will remind girls that when you reach for the stars, anything is possible."

Her Barbie wears a starry dress reminiscent of the night sky and comes with a telescope accessory for stargazing.

The science educator's story is particularly inspiring, as she had an unsettled upbringing and initially struggled in school due to dyslexia - despite being exceptionally bright. However, an obsession with the space-set stop-motion animation The Clangers and Star Trek sparked her ambitions and her father nurtured her hopes and dreams.

Dr. Aderin-Pocock continued, "As a Black woman I've found that I don't always fit some people's perception of a scientist. We do often have these stereotypical images of what people do, and I like to smash those stereotypes whenever I get the opportunity.

"As a child growing up, I played with Barbies, and I still do now with my daughter. When I was little, Barbie didn't look like me, so to have one created in my likeness is mind-boggling. It's such an honour to receive this doll that is celebrating my achievements. My daughter and I danced around the living room when we heard!"