From Hollywood To Toy Racks: Mattel Debuts Ava Duvernay 'Sheroe' Barbie
Why stop at being the first black woman to have a film nominated for an Academy Award or one of a handful of women of color directing films at all? Add having her own Barbie to Ava DuVernay's impressive resume.
DuVernay, the director of critically-acclaimed film Selma, is now apart of Mattel's Barbie "Sheroe" collection, a six-doll collection dedicated to trailblazing women. The gorgeous doll, complete with her signature braids, chunky bracelets and a director's chair, celebrates DuVernay as a role model and her spearheading accomplishments.
“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 Barbie’s General Manager Evelyn Mazzocco in a statement to the Huffington Post. “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.”
Other women named as Sheroes include actress Emmy Rossum, Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, 5-year-old fashion designer Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser and country artist Trisha Yearwood. But as dope as the one-of-a-kind Barbie's are, they're not for sale.