Russia’s only female cosmonaut has inspired Barbie’s latest astronaut doll from Mattel’s campaign to inspire women. 36-year-old Anna Kikina is currently the only Russian woman scheduled to go into orbit in 2022, she will be the fourth woman to travel into space and 58 years after Valentina Tereshkova was the first spacewoman.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos in a statement said Mattel released the not for sale cosmonaut Barbie which is inspired by Kikina’s “talents, successes and personal qualities.”
The statement reads that Barbie is a symbol to show that “any dream can come true-you just need to believe in yourself and move forward.”
Kikina posed with the look-alike Barbie, part of Mattel’s “You Can Be Anything” role models campaign, shown wearing a jet blue jumpsuit with Kikina’s name tag and white overall Orlan spacesuit with Roscosmos patches.
Roscosmos said that it is “a striking example of this is the story of Anna Kikina, an engineer girl who once dared to take a bold step and try her hand at astronautics.”
“Who said that conquering the vastness of the Universe is not a woman’s business?” asked the agent.
Out of 124 Russian or Soviet cosmonauts, only 4 have been female. Earlier, she used to work as a host on Radio Siberia and then trained as an engineer or emergency situations.
Kikina expressed her pleasure over the step and shares how she believes her example would show girls that their dreams are realisable. She admits she didn’t dream of being a cosmonaut as a child but if she had a Barbie cosmonaut doll, the idea would have risen in her head back then.
Kikina notes that having a choice or the right to choose any profession that they like is the most important thing to have.
According to the Moscow Times, The doll will be given out in a contest dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Soviet launch of the first crewed space flight.