World para-badminton champion Manasi Joshi has a Barbie doll demonstrated after her. On the event of worldwide day of young lady kid on Sunday, Joshi joined the select club of ladies – Barbie Sheroes — who have had Barbie dolls demonstrated to their resemblance.
Manasi Joshi is just the second Indian lady — and the primary para-competitor – to have a Barbie doll demonstrated after her. The main other Indian to have gotten this shrub is tumbler Dipa Karmakar in 2019. Joshi has gotten the stand-out (OOAK) Barbie doll displayed to her resemblance.
“It is an immense honour to be felicitated by Barbie and having a doll modelled after me. Recognitions like these will help me change perceptions among people about disability,” Manasi Joshi told TOI. Commenting on Barbie’s tagline – “You can be anything”, Manasi said, “Yes, it does apply to me to a large extent. This is about converting situations into those of advantage.”
Sports was important for Joshi’s timetable before she met with a street mishap in 2011. Her left leg must be removed in view of the mishap. Eight years down the line, in August 2019, Joshi was delegated the para badminton champion at the big showdowns in Basel, Switzerland.
“The doll looks exactly like me, complete with the ponytail. It is beautiful, complete with the prosthesis and it can even hold a badminton racquet. It is a one-of-a-kind- which I will cherish and keep for myself,” an elated Manasi said.
Lokesh Kataria, head, showcasing and establishment, Mattel Toys India (Pvt) Ltd, stated, “We believe that every girl should have the power to conquer her dreams and these role models are the perfect inspiration to help them believe in themselves. Imagining she can be anything is just the beginning. Actually, seeing that she can, makes all the difference.”
Manasi Joshi joins any semblance of Frida Kahlo (fine craftsman), Naomi Osaka (tennis player), Patty Jenkins (producer), Nicola Adams Obe (boxing champion), Ibtihaj Muhammad (fencing champion), Bindi Irwin (progressive) Madison De Rozario (Wheelchair Racing champion) and Sumeyye Boyaci (Para-Swimming Champion) among numerous others, who have had Barbie dolls demonstrated to their resemblance in acknowledgment of their accomplishments.
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