Misty Copeland Just Got Her Own Barbie Doll
You may not be able to get to see her on the stage at the New York City ballet everyday, but now everyone can have Misty Copeland in their very own home. Mattel announced on Monday that it would introduce the Misty Copepland Barbie doll. Copeland is the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater (ABT).
After beginning her career on a Boys & Girls Club basketball court, she sound found herself with the American Ballet Theater for 14 years — 8 years as a soloist — before being promoted to principal dancer in 2015, the highest possible rank for a ballerina.
In the past two years, Copeland, 33, has dominated the dance world and become a prolific female role model breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. She was on the cover of TIME as one of its most influential people, served as a muse for Prince, was profiled on "60 Minutes," was the subject of a documentary about her atypical path to stardom, starred in an Under Armour campaign that has gotten millions of views, wrote a bestselling memoir, "Life in Motion" and was one of the Glamour Women of the Year. Did we also mention she is part of the #Levo100? Check out her profile here.
The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. Copeland joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney "Mayhem" Keiser, Trisha Yearwood, and Zendaya.
"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."
The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role, which she is performing again on May 18 (matinee) and 19 as part of ABT's annual spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," said Lisa McKnight, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Barbie. "As a brand, 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."
Get to know Copeland by watching her exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.
Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff, AP