Team Barbie has been on a roll recently, amirite? After giving us Barbie dolls in several different, closer-to-real-life shapes back in January, this morning Mattel introduced a doll that dance fans can really get behind: the Misty Copeland Barbie.
This isn't just a run-of-the-mill Barbie in a ballet costume. Copeland herself was apparently very much involved in the doll's design, helping Mattel create a new "ballerina body" in her own likeness. (Including, it should be noted, pretty nice feet—though no doll is going to live up to Misty's incredible real-life physique.) The Barbie's fashion was even inspired by Copeland's costume for the title role in Alexei Ratmansky's Firebird, one of her first principal parts.
Misty and mini-Misty (and one gorgeous engagement ring) (photo via Mattel, Inc)
Copeland appeared on "Good Morning America" today, accompanied by some very cute baby ballerinas, to announce the new Barbie. (She also spent a few moments paying tribute to Prince, who counted her among his special muses, and talking about her Jason Wu dress for tonight's Met Gala.) Watch the clip here: