The Billie Jean King doll portrays her as herself a tennis professional at 29 when she completed against Bobbie Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes. King is known as one of the world’s best tennis players and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. She has won 39 Grand Slam championships in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. The doll was released by Mattel on February 19, 2020 as part of the Inspiring Women™ Black Label Signature collection at the retail price of $29.99. The doll was designed by Carlyle Nuera.
From the box:
INSPIRING WOMEN™ DOLL
Billie Jean King
TENNIS ICON & EQUALITY CHAMPION
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” -Billie Jean King
Barbie® recognizes all female role models. The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time,; courageous women who took risks, changed rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.
Born in Long Island, California, Billie Jean King grew up playing tennis and sharpening her skills at local public parks. In 1961, she won her first major championship title, followed by a series of spectacular victories throughout her legendary career. Off the court, Billy Jean King, tirelessly championed equality in sports. In 1973, during a global televised match hailed as the Battle of the Sexes, millions of viewers watched as Billie Jean King defeated a formidable male rival and proved a woman’s place was hers to decide. Billie Jean’s game-changing strides for equality and social justice earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Girls need more role models like Billie Jean King because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that they can make all the difference.
The Billie Jean King doll comes wearing a simplified replica of her 1973 tennis kit from the Battle of the Sexes. The two toned light blue dress opens with Velcro in the front with silver decorative buttons. It has a slightly elongated 1970s still collar. Underneath is batching light blue shorts with an elastic waistband.
On the feet are a plastic replica pair of her signature royal blue Adidas tennis shoes. Despite the splits in the back of the shoe, they don’t seem to come off. The right hand is removable and has a blue plastic sweatband that slips off when the hand is off. No socks or underwear.
The rooted brown hair is tied at the sides with brown string which hold on the plastic tennis googles. She comes with a 1:6 size Wilson 1970s style tennis racket with a clear plastic handle so the doll can hold onto it. Also a 1:6 size hard plastic yellow tennis ball. The doll has blue eyes.
The doll is articulated at the neck, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees. The doll can do the splits. The ankles and torso are fixed. No waist movement.
A plastic black base and clear post doll stand is included.
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