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Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other “Sheroes”) With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look…

Barbie Is Honoring Ava DuVernay (and Other "Sheroes") With Her Very Own Doll. Have a Look...

Barbie revealed today that the company is honoring 6 “Sheroes” – women heroes who inspire girls “by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere,” as the press release states.

These women are being honored by Barbie at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in New York City with a one-of-a-kind doll created in their likeness – each made to encourage girls to dream and imagine themselves as everything from a mermaid to a movie star, a fairy to a filmmaker, and a princess to a president. 

The Sheroes who will be honored in a way that is unique to the Barbie brand, with a one-of-a-kind doll in their likeness, are:

  • Ava DuVernay: I’m sure she needs no intro at this point… but just in case you’ve had your head in the sand… Director of 2015 Academy Award Best Picture nominee, “Selma,” and founder of African American Film Festival Releasing Movement.
  • – Emmy Rossum: Golden Globe nominated actress and spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and a leader in the no-kill movement.
  • – Eva Chen: The youngest appointed female Editor-in-Chief of a national fashion magazine, Lucky.
  • – Kristin Chenoweth: Emmy and Tony Award nominee and winner, who also founded the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund.
  • – Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser: Five year-old fashion designer with work appearing in Vogue and signed on with major national fashion brand, J.Crew, for the collection ‘Little Mayhem for J.Crew’ launching in June.
  • – Trisha Yearwood: Award-winning Country artist, best-selling author, Food Network host and entrepreneur.

Following the awards ceremony, each Shero will auction off their doll to benefit a charity of her choice.

“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,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, General Manager Barbie. “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.”

The Shero celebration will culminate on National #Shero Day, Monday, April 27, where fans will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Shero who has empowered them using #Shero #BeSuper and tagging @Barbie via TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

Here’s what the doll collection looks like (Ava’s solo is above):

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Ava Duvernay has some nice dreads. It would have been nice if the doll had dreads also.


Hey Tambay, this calls for another contest. Here’s the setup. all the dolls, except Ava, are dressed up. Nice fashionable high hills, neat flowing hair, glowing white teeth, sparkling jewelry, pretty outfits, and in some cases, they’re showing a little skin. Then there sits expressionless Ava in tennis shoes, cheap slacks, tennis shoe strings bracelet, and a turtle neck sweater. Contest Question: What’s the subliminal messages? 1st Prize: The winner gets the opportunity to pen a post right here at Shadow and Act, a place thousands read on a daily basis.


…and I just noticed all the other dolls (except the child) are dressed up. Nice fashionable high hills, hair flowing, jewelry, pretty outfits, and in some cases, they’re showing a little skin. Then there sits Ava in tennis shoes, cheap slacks and a turtle neck sweater. OMG, whose idea was this? And what’s the subliminal messages? Well, lets just say, there are plenty. So who decided to dress Ava as the help? Don’t black women have nice clothes? Are black women sexy? I’m just sayin’, somebody is sitting in their office, counting dollars and laughing their asses off. Once again they’ve managed to bamboozle the African American community as they cheer "Ava’s doll looks awesome" … "We have arrived" … "I’ll buy one!!!!!!!!". Poor thangs, once again they’ve thrown the hungry and naive black man a bone and they considered it a meaty prime rib.


Fat Luther vs. Skinny Luther. I always thought Luther Vantross had a better sound when he carried more pounds. "But CareyCarey, what does Luther’s weight have to do with Barbie’s Ava DuVernay doll?". Well, to be honest, nothing. But, I just noticed (and I’m sure others did as well) that Ava sure did lose a lot of weight. I mean, if I’m gonna buy my child an Ava doll, let her look like Ava, not skinny Ava. Just think, what messages might we be sending? Big girls don’t rock? Heavy girls can’t be sheros? Come on now, most black women I know (and love) got a nice little bootie on them. This doll has a slack-ass. Now THIS calls for a protest, don’t you think? I can see the signs "Cut us in or cut it out, big booties ROCK!" … "HELL NO, WE WON’T GO TO THE STO’, IF AVA DOESN’T GET HER THIGHS BACK!". I’m just sayin’, this just ain’t right. Who’s with me?

st John

Will the dolls be available to the general public…how do we get one?


Love this. Ava’s doll looks awesome.

Joy Shannon

I’ll buy one!!!!!!!!


Hey I am so amazing

Charlotte Holmes

Shero Ava DuVernay, Black girls Rock!You are an inspiration and make us all so proud!!

Chelsea Fung

Yes!! Next I want to see a Jenny Slate doll! love her! #GirlPower

Major Issa

Regarding Mayhem, shouldn’t she be required to go to college for at least one year before turning into a professional designer?


Why are they all in entertainment? There are other women in medicine, technology, academia they could have honored.

Liz Tailor

I love that Mayhem made the list!!! She is one fierce little "Shero"!!!

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