Aussie Paralympian Madison de Rozario honoured with new Barbie doll
Growing up without seeing herself reflected in toys and popular culture, this process has been particularly important for de Rozario.
“Making sure that girls are seeing themselves reflected every time… that you can have a doll that looks like you growing up. I think that’s so important that you can be anything, and if you can see it, you can be it. And I think that’s exactly what Barbie has been pushing and they’re doing the most authentic job of it I’ve ever seen.”
De Rozario also highlights that moving in the direction of visibility over representation is critical.
“We’ve had a person in the spotlight and they are representing whatever minority group they belong to and historically that’s kind of how it tended to go, and that’s brilliant, and has its place, but the problem with it is putting somebody in the spotlight in a representation way, is their entire identity is wrapped up in the community they’re representing and they don’t get to be the entirety of themselves,” she explains.