Misty Copeland made history as the the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre last summer, and now she has her own Barbie. The inspiring ballerina releases her new doll as part of the "Sheroes" collection.
The doll is outfitted in a costume similar to what Misty wore onstage in Firebird, including a fire red bodysuit with red and orange tulle along with a tulle headpiece and of course, ballet shoes.
Misty's own body caused criticism when she was a young dancer, and it was important that the doll's features matched her own. "It's just so exciting for this generation of kids to be able to see a Barbie that has muscles and brown skin and a bust and thighs, and for her to be a ballerina," she tells Mashable. "We looked at her nose and made sure it was a little bit wider than Barbie's actually is, and that her lips were fuller and that she had a little almond shape to her eyes," she says. "Something I kept saying was 'make her bust bigger!' I wanted it to really represent me, and for it to really, truly be like my body."
Misty's doll is part of Barbie's Sheroes collection, which honors females breaking boundaries. Others featured include Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum and Kristin Chenoweth. Misty's doll retails for $29.95.