Misty Copeland thrilled audiences as the history-making principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, the first Black dancer to do so for the legendary ballet company. Now, the iconic ballerina will forever be immortalized after it was announced Monday that she will have her own Barbie doll in her likeness.
Copeland. 33, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to unveil the doll, which was inspired by her Firebird costume she wore during her initial role with the ABT. Mattel went into deeper detail about the doll on their website ahead of Copeland’s GMA appearance, and Copeland worked closely with designer Linda Kyaw to bring the figure to life.
As the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is an inspirational star, paving the way for future dancers all over the world! Her fire red bodysuit, with sunburst orange tulle cutouts, stretches over her perfectly poised body, while layers of red and orange tulle tease a luxurious red tail. A vibrant tulle headpiece tops off her elaborate look, adding drama and flair. The doll features a brand-new ballerina body, with a face sculpted to Misty’s likeness!
Watch Misty Copeland speak on the release of her new Barbie doll in the video clip below. And yes, the dolls are available now.
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