She helped with the design.
Professional ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Now she’s the latest star whose likeness has inspired a new Barbie doll.
“I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on,” said Copeland. “It’s an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll.”
“This role Firebird I did four years ago, and it was such a significant role in my career and really the first principal role that got me to this point,” she said. “I was hands-on with making sure she really looked like a dancer and looked like me. She has muscles and calves and thighs and a bust, and that was important to me.”