As a Las Vegas doctor, wellness advocate and lifestyle blogger, Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz represents a lot.
Now she is also a Barbie doll.
Mattel has added six new Barbie dolls to its line-up, each inspired by the “real-life modern heroes of the pandemic”.
The doll created in the likeness of Dr. Cruz is now available at Target, with five dollars of each purchase to benefit the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
During the pandemic, Cruz worked in both hospitals and clinics as a frontline worker.
The Las Vegas doctor has also written about his life as a doctor and posted wellness content and collaborated with other Asian American doctors to create a viral video with the hashtag #IAmNotAVirus.
“I am incredibly honored to be a model of Barbie, highlighting the commitment and compassion that all frontline workers have shown over the past year and a half,” said Cruz. “Kids think they can be anything, but seeing that they can and hearing the brave stories of others makes all the difference. “
The other five dolls are inspired by Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa from Canada, Professor Sarah Gilbert from the UK, Dr Jaqueline Goes de Jesus from Brazil, Dr Kirby White from Australia and nurse Amy O’Sullivan from New York.
“Barbie recognizes that all frontline workers have made enormous sacrifices to deal with the pandemic and the challenges it has heightened,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie & Dolls, Mattel . “To highlight their efforts, we’re sharing their stories and leveraging the Barbie platform to inspire the next generation to learn from these heroes and give back. “