Misty Copeland Barbie. Mattel Doll Honors The African American Dancer

Misty Copeland Barbie doll

The incredibly talented and beautiful Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland, the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, has been honored with the Misty Copeland Barbie, a new Mattel Doll in her likeness.

Misty Copeland Barbie

Little girls, aspiring dancers and ballet enthusiasts everywhere will love the new Misty Copeland Barbie. Referred to as the “Unlikely Ballerina”, Copeland has been paving the way and changing the face of ballet, inspiring future dancers everywhere.

In a video about the new doll that was released Monday, Copeland says she played with Barbie dolls until she was 13, the same year she started ballet.

“I was a very shy girl,” she says, adding that Barbie dolls gave her a way to dream — because, Copeland says, “Barbie can transform into anything.”

The doll is part of Barbie’s Sheroes program that honors female heroes who break boundaries, a line of toys modeled on other famous women, from Ava DuVernay and Emmy Rossum to Kristin Chenoweth and Eva Chen.

The doll, which was designed by Linda Kyaw, features a brand-new ballerina body, with a face sculpted to Misty’s likeness.


above:sketch of the Misty Copeland Doll by Linda Kyaw

The new Barbie Doll is clad in a fire red bodysuit with sunburst orange tulle cutouts inspired by her outfit worn in her performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s  Firebird,  and seen on the cover of her first Children’s book (both shown below).

Layers of red and orange tulle tease a luxurious red tail and a vibrant tulle headpiece tops off the doll.

Body Type: New Ballet Body
Facial Sculpt: New Misty sculpt
Fashion Sewn On: No
Eyelashes: Painted
Included: Doll Stand, headpiece, ballet shoes

The doll’s suggested retail price is $29.95, but good luck finding it for that amount. Pre-orders are sold out everywhere (except you can still pre-order the doll for $32 here).

Some can be found on Amazon here

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