In celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary this month, Barbie Philippines recognized nine inspiring Filipino women in the Philippines for their work and contributions to their respective fields. Maine Mendoza was awarded “Most Inspiring Celebrity.” And, we spied clips on Maine’s and her manager Rams David’s feeds celebrating Maine’s recognition.
“In celebration of our 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day, we proudly honor #MoreRoleModels than ever from around the globe in an effort to inspire more girls,” says Mattel. Maine joins the ranks of other inspiring women across different catagories. These includes: Sta. Elena Construction president and CEO Alice Eduardo (Most Inspiring Entrepreneur); ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio (Most Inspiring Actress, CEO and Producer); Belo Medical Group medical director Dr. Victoria Gonzales Belo-Kho (Most Inspiring Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon); Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano (Most Inspiring Mayor); Sen. Cynthia Aguilar Villar (Most Inspiring Senator); Chef Jessie Restaurants president and CEO Chef Josefina Sincioco (Most Inspiring Chef); Nine Media Corp. president and CNN Philippines owner Armie Jarin-Bennett (Most Inspiring Journalist); and Philippine Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Carina Doyondon (Most Inspiring Adventurer: First Filipina to Complete Seven Summits).
We love how the evolution of the famed American toy brand extends past the usual Barbie image to include different kinds of women who excel in different categories. It just goes to show that inspiring women life pegs don’t have to look and be Barbie-esque in the old-school sense, and the Barbie standards are truly evolving.
Maine seems right for the recognition. From being a viral Internet star, a TV mainstay, a certified product endorser for both local but also international brands, and having a go-go-go attitude, we must agree that the toy brand made a good selection with Maine.
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