Gabby Douglas will be heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, next month, and ahead of this year’s Games, she unveils her very own Barbie doll.
“I’m so excited,” two-time Olympic gold-medalist tells PEOPLE. “My older sister and I used to play with Barbies and create these dramatic fantasy stories, so it’s such a huge honor.”
The doll’s threads were inspired by Gabby’s own signature GK leotard line that she wears while training. In addition to the red, white and blue Gabby GK Elite leotard she’s rockin’, the doll comes complete with a Nike warm-up suit.
The 20-year-old says she hopes the kids that play with her doll take away her number one message of staying true to yourself, and going after your dreams.
“Be yourself and really embrace your inner beauty and your true talent,” she says. “Believe in yourself. Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something when you can.”
Gabby and fellow gymnast, Simone Biles, pose for teen VOGUE’s double cover feature for its August issue.
Photo: Gabby Douglas – Instagram