04/24/2015 06:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Barbie Made An Ava DuVernay Doll. It's Not For Sale, But It Should Be.

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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.

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.

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.”



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