Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs and a wheelchair were introduced this year to offer kids a more diverse and realistic experience.
But as Christmas neared, the doll with a prosthetic left leg wasn't going to do the business for champion swimmer Ellie Cole and her niece.
"(My niece) has recently become a HUGE fan of both our Australian swim team and Paralympic team," Cole wrote on Instagram.
"And (I) thought her her own little toy-sized Aunty Ellie would be a great gift as she watches both teams battle it out in Tokyo next year."
After sourcing one of the new Barbie dolls, Cole worked with a "talented" friend to sew shirts, jackets and swimwear.
One t-shirt bore the name of the Australian Dolphins, while the jacket proudly showed off that the Barbie was a member of the Australian Paralympic team for Rio 2016. The doll even has a green and gold swimsuit for competition. Topping off the makeover, the prosthetic leg was painted blue with an Australian flag featured on the thigh.
"A big thumbs up to Barbie on setting the standards at a young age for inclusivity," Cole wrote.
Judging by the positive response in the comments, Cole and her friend might just have a small business opportunity on the table.
'Raising the bar'
Cole's niece and her Paralympic Barbie will support the swimmer and her teammates in August and September next year when the Olympics and Paralympics hit Tokyo. It will be a fourth campaign for the 28-year-old Cole after debuting in Beijing before winning four golds in London and two more in Rio.
"It comes around very quickly," she told The Daily Edition in November.
"I'm training very, very hard at the moment. I've just relocated back to Sydney this year and training's going very well."
Cole, whose right leg was amputated at the age of three following a cancer diagnosis, isn't aiming for the ultimate success as her one and only goal.
"I'm really just wanting to go there and leave Tokyo the fastest athlete that I can," she said.
"I would love to win gold medals obviously, but for me, moving to this program (in Sydney) and training with the Campbell sisters, it's really just about taking Paralympics to the next level and really raising the bar of what a Paralympian is."
This article originally appeared on 7NEWS