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Now, a Barbie doll named after Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2019, 01.35 PM (IST)

Barbie is turned 60 recently and in an effort to keep up with the times a new range of dolls are being released, including career women and role models to inspire young girls. 

An astronaut, a football player and a news anchor were among the new-look, high-achieving Barbies unveiled by toy company Mattel at an anniversary event in Singapore Friday. 

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is among the twenty female icons chosen by  Mattel for a special edition Barbie dolls to celebrate the 60th birthday of the iconic character. 

The doll that represents Karmakar is dressed in a red leotard singlet with a tight bun and a bronze medal. 

Karmakar came into limelight when she won a historic bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

So far she has won 77 medals, including 67 gold, in state, national and international championships. 

To mark six decades of Barbie, a series of successful women have also had dolls made in their image to mark. 

These include world number one tennis player Naomi Osaka, American actress Yara Shahidi, and the first ever Maori Barbie, modelled after New Zealand sports journalist Melodie Robinson. 

"Barbie has come a long way as a role model to show girls that they have choices and can achieve any careers," said Mattel Southeast Asia marketing chief Chris Chan. 

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Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is among the twenty female icons chosen by  Mattel for a special edition Barbie dolls to celebrate the 60th birthday of the iconic character.