Earlier today on Good Morning America, ballerina and the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater-Misty Copeland debuted her Misty Copeland Barbie Doll. It’s a collaboration with toy company Mattel as apart of the brand’s new Sheroes program, previous Barbies include include Zendaya and Ava DuVernay. Take a look:
In a press release, Copeland stated the following:
“I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on. It’s an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll.”
The Barbie depicts Copeland dressed to dance Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and was designed with specific physical features in mind, as Copeland told GMA’s Robin Roberts,
“I was hands-on with making sure that she really looked like a dancer and looked like me. She has muscles, and calves, and thighs, and a bust. That was important to me.”
In the press release, Senior Vice President of Barbie Lisa McKnight says,
“We want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring the next generation of girls to live out their dreams. We know role play often leads to real ‘play’ in life and we’re thrilled to celebrate Misty with her very own doll.”
To order the doll head over to Mattel’s site.