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Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas announces that her ‘Shero’ Barbie Doll is now available to buy

IN HER LIKENESS: Gabby Douglas with her ‘Shero’ Barbie Doll

OLYMPIC GYMNAST Gabby Douglas has announced that her Barbie Doll is now available to purchase online and in stores.

“I am so excited to announce that you can now have your very own Gabby Douglas @Barbie doll, what an honor! get yours now!! link in bio #YouCanBeAnything #Barbie,” she wrote on Instagram today (May 1).

The 21-year-old announced that Barbie was making a doll in her likeness last July right before the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics began.

The Gabby Douglas Barbieis part of the Shero collection, which highlights women who break boundaries.

It also features other inspirational women like director Ava DuVernay, actress Emmy Rossum and ballerina Misty Copeland.

Over the past year, Gabby has worked to make sure her signature Barbie looks like her and was even involved in selecting the wardrobe, offering input on hair texture and making sure the doll is as flexible as the Olympic gold medalist.

Gabby’s doll features a red, white and blue leotard and “It looks exactly like me,” she said. “It was a really fun process.”

The 2012 Olympic all-around champion was the first black gymnast to win individual gold.

Gabby returned to win a second consecutive team Olympic gold in Rio.

She said she hopes her signature Barbie can encourage girls to be confident.

“I still want to continue to inspire young girls and to tell them to strive for your goals,” she said. “If you have the passion and if you have something that you love, just really go for it 100 per cent, with all of your heart.”

The release of the doll is the latest post-Olympic venture for Gabby, who launched a line of lipsticks with Beauty Bakerie in March.

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