Famed Ballerina, Misty Copeland, received her own Barbie doll by Mattel. The doll is part of Barbie’s Sheroes program that honors female heroes who break boundaries, a line of toys modeled on other famous women, from Ava DuVernay and Emmy Rossum to Kristin Chenoweth and Eva Chen.


Copeland is the first black female dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. The doll wears a costume similar to Copeland’s for her Firebird role.


Lisa McKnight, Barbie’s general manager and senior vice president, says:

“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.”

Young girls of color share their excitement of the doll through social media!


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