By Olivia B. Waxman
May 2, 2016

Mattel introduced a Barbie doll of ballerina Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater.

The doll, which debuted Monday, wears a bright red replica of Copeland’s costume from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, a role that the dancer will reprise later this month.

The toy is part of Barbie’s “Sheroes” collection, which includes dolls of other entertainers like Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, Trisha Yearwood and Zendaya.

“Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries,” Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president for Barbie, said in a statement. “We know role play often leads to real ‘play’ in life.”

 

Write to Olivia B. Waxman at olivia.waxman@time.com.

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