(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 23, 2016) The female ex-soccer player Abby Wambach has given her name and looks to a new Barbie doll. The toy manufacturer wants to open up to diversity and break prejudices – aside from making money of course.
For the first time, a Barbie doll is made in the image of a lesbian woman. Abby Wambach is one of the best football (soccer) players of all time.
Toy manufacturer Mattel has made football player Barbies before – but never in the image of an actual player. As a child, Abby Wambach loved her Barbie dolls – a long time before she started scoring goals.
Of course, Abby is not a football player like many others. That is why the Wambach Barbie doll does not look like other dolls but resembles the real Abby Wambach in great detail: Tall, blonde with short hair (almost shaved around her ears) and a blue jersey with the number 20. That is quite different from the usual Barbie doll with her pink jersey and platinum-blonde hair.
With this Wambach Barbie doll, the retired footballer honors her childhood doll and makes a contribution to the fight against macho and lesbophobe stereotypes and prejudices. Together with Martina Navratilova, she actually she supports the organization Athlete Ally, which fights against homo- and transphobia in sports.
Even after her retirement from professional sports on December 16, 2015, the American striker Abby Wambach has remained a symbol – in the United States and abroad. Maybe even more so since she married her companion Sarah Huffman on October 5, 2013.
Abby Wambach has never kept her homosexuality a secret.
In her active career, she won one prize after another. According to Wikipedia, she holds the world record of scored goals in international competitions. No other female footballer even comes close to her accomplishments – and no man either.
Mattel has not given an official date for the sales start of the Wambach Barbie, and on the website, there is no information on this either.