Barbie just got a whole lot more badass.
Mattel announced Friday that the company is honoring six female "Sheroes" with one-of-a-kind dolls created in their likenesses. One of the honorees is Selma director Ava DuVernay, whose accomplishments include being the first black female to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and founding the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement, a program providing opportunities and resources to underrepresented filmmakers.
DuVernay thanked Barbie on Twitter for the tribute.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) April 24, 2015
There's only one copy of each "Shero" Barbie, and each will be auctioned off to a specific charity chosen by the real-life woman being honored. But DuVernay fans across Twitter asked Mattel to consider mass-producing hers.
— SJO (@1Chavela) April 24, 2015
— Joana (@breakwayfearles) April 24, 2015
— LIZY (@lizcriolla) April 24, 2015
Other women named as Sheroes include actress Emmy Rossum, Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, 5-year-old fashion designer Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser and country artist Trisha Yearwood.
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices,” Barbie general manager Evelyn Mazzocco said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. “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.”
Also on HuffPost:
HuffPost Black Voices sends a daily dose of the best and most important news about black life, culture and excellence straight to your inbox. Learn more