Misty Copeland made history when she was named the first African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre last year, and now Barbie is getting her own Misty makeover. Barbie has of late included more diversity in its line, and Copeland is thrilled that the version designed in her image will speak to a new generation of kids about their potential and possibilities and about accepting their own bodies. Over the course of two years as part of Barbie’s “You Can Be Anything” campaign, Copeland worked with Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to create a doll that truly represented her. They went back and forth in designing the doll, with Copeland firm about the fact that she wanted kids today “to see a Barbie that has muscles and brown skin and a bust and thighs…”. They also covered some of the smaller details, with Copeland advocating for fuller lips, a wider nose, and eyes that were more almond-shaped. Powered by her strong leg muscles, the articulated doll can be contorted into several ballerina-ready positions — and because a ballerina’s poised hands and pointed toes are so important, the new Barbie has specially arranged hands and feet. Dressed in Copeland’s career-defining Firebird costume, the new doll can arabesque, go en pointe, or do a twirl, perhaps inspiring your own little ballerina or ballerino to begin a love affair with dance too. The Misty Copeland Barbie still boasts much thinner than average proportions, but she is admittedly in a profession with a complex history related to body issues and perceptions. We’re pleased that the company did take some of Copeland’s critiques into consideration and hope that little Barbie buyers use this doll as a launching pad for learning about the groundbreaking dancer who inspired its creation.

+ Misty Copeland Barbie $29.95

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