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Ava DuVernay Gets a Barbie!

Black female director extraordinaire Ava DuVernay and the first Black female director to have a film (Selma) nominated by the Academy Awards, was selected as one of the six “Shereos” by Mattel and received a Barbie designed in her likeness. The doll was announced by Mattel Friday April 24.

Designed with gorgeous braids similar to DuVernay’s locs, the doll sits pretty in a director’s chair and has an uncanny resemblance to Duvernay—unlike many celebrity dolls whose features take on a European look with brown paint made to look African American.

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Oddly the doll isn’t available to the public for purchase yet. But that didn’t stop our girl from gushing about the incredible honor.

I always played with Barbies w/ my sisters Jina + Tera,” DuVernay commented on Instagram. “For hours making stories + scenarios. So this is special. Thanks, @Mattel, for creating a doll that my sisters and I would have loved back then. Pretty cool.”

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva S. Thomas

Geneva is the founder of Jawbreaker, which she plans on turning into an intergalactic all-girl army that will someday storm the streets of the world in studded bras and Tom Ford boots. She recently took up archery and collects more books than shoes.

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