Aussie athlete honoured as Barbie doll
Every year one incredible Australian woman is honoured by toy manufacture Mattel with a Barbie doll.
The brand's Shero campaign, which launched in 2015 to celebrated International Women's Day, has seen legends such as veteran journalist Ita Buttrose and wildlife warrior Bindi Irwin become immortalised in a unique and celebrated line-up.
And now Para-athlete and world championship gold medalist Madison de Rozario is joining that incredible Aussie line-up.
The wheelchair racing champion has been recognised as a star that is continuing to break the mould for women in sport, with Mattel explaining Rozario "inspires the limitless potential in every girl".
"As the original girl empowerment brand, Barbie is dedicated to shining a spotlight on powerful, diverse role models," Lisa McKnight, Barbie's Senior Vice President and Global Brand General Manager, said.
"As sportswomen continue to set new records and take centre stage around the world, we are proud to honour these amazing women by amplifying their stories and achievements with dolls in their likeness.
"In an effort to close the Dream Gap, we have a responsibility to show girls they can be anything on and off the field, court, mat and beyond."
Rozario, who was four when she acquired transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that inflamed her spinal cord, said being transformed into an iconic Barbie doll - which also comes with the athlete's winning wheelchair, was the "highest compliment".
"I feel very excited to be recognised in the company of so many amazing women in sport, including athletes I personally look up to," she told news.com.au. "To be alongside them in this campaign with Barbie, is the highest compliment."
As well as Rozario, Barbie is honouring an incredible line-up of professional sportswomen as official role models, something she feels is important to remind young women to "be strong, active, move and love your body".
"Nothing is more important than your relationship with yourself and your body is a big part of that," she said.
"Treat it well. Treat it how you would treat someone else you love - it's a relationship and it takes work. Sport is a part of that."
In the UK, runner Dina Asher-Smith was immortalised in the female empowerment campaign, describing it as "one of her biggest achievements".
Asher-Smith, 24, won three medals at the last IAAF world championships in Doha, including the 200m title in national record time,The Sun reports, adding she will be among the favourites to win an Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games this summer.
"Growing up, sportswomen were less visible in the media and there is still a gap when it comes to women's sports, which is why representation is so important," the London-born athlete said.
"For Barbie to champion female athletes and different sports shows future generations that anything is possible.
"I hope little girls will see my doll and be inspired to take up and continue to enjoy sports."