Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian doctor of Nigerian descent and a spoken word poet, is one of the ‘Barbie Fashionistas’ strutting the diverse doll lineup of the new collection in appreciation of diversity.
27-year-old Dr Oriuwa is positively beaming with pleasure and satisfaction in the photo with her Barbie likeness.
Oriuwa felt a sense of fulfilment as the Barbie image took her down memory lane.
The Canadian Press noted that the gesture took Chika way back-
‘Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa remembers dressing up her Barbies as doctors, poets and performers as a young girl, but none of the dolls looked like the woman she aspired to be.’ -Canadian Press.
Oh! What joy to see a Barbie doll made in her likeness. Oriuwa hopes the launch of a doll celebrating her achievements as a Black female doctor will send a good signal to children worldwide about dreaming and aiming for nothing but the best.
All things are possible if you dream, believe and act!
Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a Psychiatry Resident at the University of Toronto, Canada.
She is one of the six inspirational women for Mattel’s line of Barbies honouring health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Oriwa worked with the team to create a barbie doll with her skin tone, Afro-textured hair, a white coat and a stethoscope. She is now a role model for her advocacy against systemic racism in the health sector.
Chika believes the gesture would encourage more people to change the stereotypical image of a female doctor.
Photo credit: Canadian Press