Misty Copeland Has Been Immortalized As A Barbie To Help Inspire Young Girls

Our favorite ballerina Barbie.

Misty Copeland, the fierce ballerina who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is now being immortalized as America's most iconic doll, Barbie.

Prompting an outpouring of enthusiasm on social media, Mattel said in its Monday press release that the company is honoring Copeland with her very own Barbie "to continue to show girls they can be anything."

Courtesy of Mattel
Courtesy of Mattel

Copeland's doll joins the likes of Ava DuVernay, Eva Chen and Zendaya, among others, as part of Mattel's Barbie Sheroes program. Sheroes is the company's effort at celebrating powerful female figures who break boundaries and inspire young girls.

"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president responsible for Barbie, told A Plus. "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."

Courtesy of Mattel
Courtesy of Mattel

Partly to combat declining Barbie sales, Mattel has made a concerted effort in recent years to remain relevant through making dolls of current female icons. And after decades of criticism for the doll's body proportions, earlier this year, Mattel unveiled a line of Barbies with different body shapes and skin tones.

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