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Misty Copeland's new Barbie doll is on pointe

NICE TULLE MEET YOU: Ballerina Misty Copeland with her new Barbie doll

PRIMA BALLERINA Misty Copeland has has officially been turned into a Barbie.

The talented ballerina - who became the first-ever black woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theater (ABT) history last summer - was adamant that a doll created in her image would live up to its namesake.

The doll wears Copeland's famous Firebird costume, which Copeland wore four years ago for her breakout dance role.

But it's not just the Barbie's outfit and skin tone that resemble Copeland, who had a hand in designing the doll.

"She has muscles and calves and thigh and a bust," Copeland said on Good Morning America. "That was important to me."


ON POINTE: The stunning doll wears Copeland's famous 2012 Firebird costume

She added to Refinery29: "One of the most important things definitely was to show what it is to be a dancer - how athletic we are, how strong we are.

"So to really get the calves right, to show her muscles, to have proportions that are realistic to me."

And it's safe to sat Mattel certainly managed that, but it did take some time to whip Barbie into shape. "There were a lot of pictures that I sent of me, and the doll was being sent back and forth with different things being altered and changed," Copeland explained of the design process. "I was like, 'No, her boobs need to be bigger. I want this to be real.'

"I don't want her to look like this idea of what people think of as a ballerina — which is smaller and childlike. We all look very different but this is what I look like," she emphasised.

"And I think it's such a strong powerful image for a young child to see, that it's okay to be those things, that you can be a ballerina — or anything you want to be — with whatever package you come in."

The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honouring female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. Copeland joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including film director Ava DuVernay and teen star Zendaya.

"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 honour to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

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