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Primatologist Jane Goodall Gets Barbie Doll In Her Likeness, Complete With Chimp

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Updated July 13, 2022
Renowned conservationist Jane Goodall is the latest to be honored by Barbie through the brand’s Inspiring Women doll series. (Photo: Mattel)

 

 

Toy manufacturer Mattel has unveiled new specialty Barbie dolls modeled after the famous English primatologist Jane Goodall and her beloved research specimen, a chimpanzee named David Greybeard.

The Goodall doll, which Mattel says will be partly made with recycled plastic, sports the researcher’s classic beige collared shirt and shorts, as well as a pair of binoculars and a blue notebook.

David Greybeard was the chimpanzee on whom Goodall wrote her initial research papers, which documented for the first time the species’ usage of tools.

 

A handout picture shows primatologist Jane Goodall holding the new Jane Goodall Barbie doll and David Greybeard Chimpanzee

 

 

A handout picture shows a Jane Goodall Barbie doll and David Greybeard Chimpanzee along with the accessory products

 

“I’d been suggesting it for a long time that girls don’t want just to be film stars and things like that,” said Goodall in a promotional video.

“Many of them, like me, want to be in the out in nature studying animals.”

The new Barbie is the latest in a series of dolls Mattel has dedicated to feminist or other inspirational icons.

Before Goodall, the toy-maker had produced dolls modeled off tennis star Naomi Osaka, the co-creator of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, Sarah Gilbert, and an anonymous female “robotics engineer.”

“My heroes, my models were Tarzan, Dr. Dolittle,” said Goodall.

“There weren’t women doing the kind of things I wanted to do… so in all my dreams, I was a man.”

 

A handout picture shows a Jane Goodall Barbie doll along with the accessory products, in Los Angeles, U.S., April 2022. Jane Goodall Institute

 

To all the little girls who like her would like to be changemakers, the primatologist recommends to “go for a walk in nature, learn to love it and then protect it.”

 

A handout picture shows primatologist Jane Goodall holding the new Eco-leadership team Barbie dolls