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LOVE WINS: Barbie Backs Same-Sex Marriage On Instagram

The beloved children’s toy Barbie has now backed same-sex marriage — about two years too late.

Posted to Instagram last week were two photos featuring the iconic doll, who turns 59 in March, wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt created by fashion designer Aimee Song.

The first photo features Barbie posing beside another doll designed to look like Aimee Song. The second photo shows the same two dolls in the same shirts enjoying avocado toast.

“Such an inspiring initiative and fabulous few days I have spent with Aimee, she’s a doll” reads the caption written from Barbie’s POV.

Song’s “Love Wins” shirts were introduced back in June for Pride Month; 50% of the proceeds were donated to The Trevor Project, which focuses on LGBTQ youth suicide prevention.

“So many of my friends (actually most of them) are a part of the LGBTQ community, and I know that life was not always easy for them,” Song wrote on her official website at the time. “It absolutely breaks my heart that some kids take their own lives because they can’t see that it will get better in the end, and I’m happy that The Trevor Project exists to help those who need it.”

Mattel, has made 2017 the year of pushing progressive causes. Earlier this month, the toy company announced it would use the likeness of Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad for a new doll in its “Shero” line, reportedly making it the first Barbie in history to wear a hijab.