Now There’s a Barbie of Ava DuVernay

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I have been a Barbie fan despite all of the controversy that they have garnered over the years. For those that know me, know that I didn’t find it offensive if someone referred to me being Barbie like.

In high school they called me the brown Barbie doll. Some may have found that offensive, but I didn’t take it that way. I was tiny, loved dressing up and playing with make-up. I also happened to be an honour roll student, head of our debating team and head of our cheer leading team.

I was tiny and fierce. I still think that I am today LOL.

I love the new slant of finding a more comprehensive way to idealize women based on real people who are doing amazing things – especially women who break glass ceilings. I’d like to consider myself one of those women.

TIME

Now there’s Barbie doll of Selma director Ava DuVernay as part of Mattel’s new “Sheroes” collection.

The collection, which was unveiled at Variety’s “Power of Women” luncheon Friday, includes Barbie version of other famous women like Broadway star Kirsten Chenoweth, actress Emmy Rossum and country singer Trisha Yearwood.

“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, general manager of Barbie, in a statement. “Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”

DuVernay said on Twitter that she loves her Barbie, which comes complete with her trademark braids and sits in a director’s chair:

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