Misty Copeland has broken boundaries in dance as the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. And now, lots of little girls can dream of being in her ballet shoes with a Misty doll of their very own.
That's right: Copeland has been modeled into her own Barbie doll. The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes line, which features dolls modeled after Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, and Zendaya, among others. Her outfit is based on her Firebird costume, which she wore in her first principal role at the American Ballet Theatre. She'll be reprising that very role on May 18 and 19.
The doll is especially significant, given that Copeland faced major boundaries in the dance world for not looking like, well, a Barbie doll. "I was hands on with making sure that she really looked like a dancer and looked like me," Copeland said on Good Morning America. "She has muscles and calves and thighs and a bust, and those are important to me."
You can buy the Misty doll at thebarbiecollection.com for $29.95, and it will roll out to stores across the country soon.
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