British space scientist honored with Barbie doll

STORY: Location: Winchester, England

Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock is honored with a Barbie doll

in celebration of International Women's Day

The unique Barbie aims to challenge gender and racial stereotypes

She comes with a telescope and has the purple streaks in Aderin-Pocock's hair

[Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space scientist]

"When I was growing up, the Barbies didn't look anything like me, so to have one that is actually me was just so exciting. Both my daughter and I were dancing round the living room just at the thought of it."

The British space scientist is best known for presenting BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’

She says her life mission is to promote STEM careers to girls

"One of the things I find quite interesting is, if I introduce myself as a space scientist, some people do a bit of a double take. They're surprised that sort of a Black female is a space scientist. Because we do often have these stereotypical images of what people do, and I like to smash those stereotypes whenever I get the opportunity."