Tessa Virtue is officially a “Shero.”
The Canadian figure skating champion and five-time Olympic medalist has been immortalized in doll form as part of Barbie’s “Role Model” series.
Virtue, along with 12 other inspirational women, was honoured with a doll in her likeness, sporting her infamous red dress from her gold-medal winning appearance at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
A dollar from each sale of a “Role Model” doll will go towards Barbie’s “Close The Dream Gap” campaign, which helps raise money and awareness to help young girls achieve their full potential.
Virtue took to social media to share the news.
“Seeing the Tessa Virtue Barbie stand beside women who are breaking boundaries and inspiring the next generation of girls elicits a new level of pride, responsibility, wonder, and honour. More to come,” she wrote. “You’ll have to excuse me while I collect my emotions.”
Fans praised Barbie for recognizing Virtue and her achievements, making her the lone Canadian in the “Role Models” campaign.
“What a unique, great and beautiful way to continue to inspire and be a role model for kids from all around the world starting from a young age,” a Virtue fan wrote. “Congratulations @TessaVirtue!”
@tessavirtue is the only Canadian who is part of Barbie Role models around the world.
I cant express how much proud I am that the woman I looked up to recognized her hard work for inspiring and empowering young girls. pic.twitter.com/j1WMfOgiub
— 𝓖𝓮𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓮🐼♕ (@ilovevirtuemoir) March 6, 2019
“This is awesome – and that is one heck of a group of women to be a part of,” another fan tweeted. “Congrats! My soon-to-be five-year-old will keel over with excitement once she sees this.”
your legacy has truly been immortalized and in the best way-by inspiring little girls(and boys)to be badasses just like yourself!!! words can't even begin to describe how proud i am of you, glad to have you as an inspiration, as you will be for girls for generations to come💕💕👊
— emma (@virtuesantiago) March 6, 2019
Aside from Virtue, new Barbie “Role Models” include, actress and activist Yara Shahidi, NASA scientist Eleni Antoniadou and tennis player Naomi Osaka.