This is so great.
As part of Mattel’s “Sheroes” collection, Selma director Ava DuVernay has received her own Barbie doll.
Ava’s doll was unveiled at Variety’s “Power of Women” luncheon Friday.
The “Sheroes” collection also features dolls of five other women, including country artist Trisha Yearwood and Shameless actress Emmy Rossum.
Ava is the first black female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and she also founded a program that provides underrepresented filmmakers with various opportunities and resources.
Unfortunately, Ava’s doll will not be made available for purchase; instead, it will be auctioned off to a charity of Ava’s choice.
Barbie’s General Manager Evelyn Mazzocco released the following statement:
“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. 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.” (TIME)
Needless to say, Ava loved her doll. She shared the following message on Twitter:
I always played w/ my sisters Jina + Tera. For hours making stories + scenarios. So this is special. Thanks, @Barbie. pic.twitter.com/aL8KGBx3XF
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) April 24, 2015