Commentator and former Black Fern Melodie Robinson inspires first New Zealand Barbie

News 07/03/2019

Former Black Fern and current sports commentator Melodie Robinson has been revealed as the inspiration behind New Zealand's first Barbie doll.

The doll has been produced as part of Mattel's role model programme, where influential and inspiring women are honoured with a Barbie doll made in their likeness. The programme is celebrating International Women's Day which takes place on Friday and coincides with Barbie's 60th anniversary.

The 18-Test Black Fern shared images of herself with the doll on Instagram and expressed her extreme pride in being honoured as part of the programme in a heartfelt caption.

"Ok... seriously cool to be selected to inspire young girls with the first ever NZ Barbie - she's Maori ... and a commentator!" Robinson wrote.

"All part of Mattel's role model program to help girls believe they can be anything. In this case you can be a sports journalist... a presenter... or a commentator."

In being recognised as a Barbie role model, Robinson joins great company as one of 38 women honoured since the 'Shero' line began 2015.

Robinson is joined by the likes of tennis World No 1 Naomi Osaka, snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim and fine artist Frida Kahlo.

Such an awesome honour for an amazing woman!