Ava DuVernay Honored with Own Barbie Doll

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is the latest star to have her likeness made into a barbie doll.

DuVernay and Mattel, the parent company of Barbie, announced that the Selma director’s doll will be available for sale on Dec. 7.

“Tomorrow this #AvaBarbie goes on sale for Christmas because enough folks asked @Mattel to do so. Wild + wonderful,” DuVernay tweeted on Sunday. She added that proceeds from sales of the doll will benefit civil rights advocacy group Color of Change and Witness.

Back in April,  Mattel announced that DuVernay would be one of six women honored for their accomplishments in entertainment as part of the toy manufacturers “Shero” campaign.

“I love that the doll is supposed to have locs like my own,” DuVernay told EW via email in April. “I was a big Barbie girl when I was young. My sisters, Jina and Tera, and I would play for hours making up stories and scenarios. We couldn’t afford all the Barbie furniture and cars, so our Barbies drove around in our skates! And we’d cut socks and put a rubber band around the waist and make their dresses. We cut their hair. We put eye shadow on them with a ballpoint pen! It sounds ratchet, but we thought our Barbies were fly back then! So it’s real cool to now have a Barbie in my own image. I never imagined that. …It’s lovely to be honored, especially with a beautiful, Black, filmmakin’ Barbie with locs!”

Other entertainment women honored with one-of-a-ind dolls include Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser and Trisha Yearwood.

Take a look At Ava DuVernay’s doll below!


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