Misty Copeland’s resumé is getting a little long—and awesomely surreal.
The latest on the American Ballet Theatre principal‘s impressive list of feats? Getting her own Barbie Doll. But this isn’t just a regular Barbie in a pretty Firebird-inspired costume. Instead, Copeland was super involved in the creation process with Mattel, making sure her doll was powerful, strong, and built like a real dancer.
“It’s so empowering for this generation to see a black ballerina doll that has muscles,” Copeland told The Huffington Post. And not just muscles — this Barbie can move! Unlike traditional Barbies whose arms and legs are stuck in stiff positions, Copeland’s Barbie was built to dance, and can actually be bent into Firebird-esque positions.
Copeland didn’t want her doll wearing a tutu — instead, she envisioned her in the slightly sassier Firebird costume, a role Copeland danced four years ago, and one that helped catapult her from a soloist to principal dancer. (She’ll reprise that role this season.) Copeland also wanted to make sure the doll was a true representation of herself. “They sent me many prototypes and I got to say, ‘Change this, make her boobs bigger.’ Even her facial features, I wanted her nose to really mimic mine and not be as narrow as Barbie’s and have fuller lips. The shape of her eyes, the hair color, everything,” Copeland tells The Huffington Post. “It was definitely collaborative.”
As for Barbie’s newfound muscles? “It’s OK to be strong, and you can still be feminine,” Copeland says. “Dancers are athletes. Why try and hide that feature? We need these muscles to do what we do. It’s beautiful.”
Is it too early to put Misty Barbie on our holiday wish lists?!