Misty Copeland has been a trailblazer in the world of American ballet throughout her career. Last year she became the first black principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre’s history, and she was also listed as one of the most influential people in the world on Time magazine’s annual list. Her dedication, passion, and skill have made her an icon for young ballerinas everywhere. Next month, Mattel is releasing a Misty Copeland Barbie as part of their “You Can Be Anything” campaign.
Dressed in the Firebird costume from Copeland’s iconic performance in Stravinsky’s ballet, the doll has been in the works for two years. She is highly articulate, allowing you to pose her in any number of ballet moves. Copeland herself had a hand in helping to design the doll: she felt passionately that the doll should truly represent her body.
Barbie has always been about making dreams come true for young girls, and Copeland speaks pragmatically about making this happen. “It’s important to be passionate about what you do, but know that it doesn’t come without hard work. Success doesn’t come without sacrifice,” she says in a promotional video released on the Barbie YouTube channel. “It’s a beautiful thing when you put all that work into what you’re passionate about and you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”
The Misty Copeland Barbie is 11-inches tall and comes in a window box for easy mint condition display. You can pre-order it now, but be in quick because it’s sure to sell fast!