Newswire: Mattel to release an official Ava DuVernay Barbie

For all of the criticism the toy line has received over the years, Barbie dolls actually have significantly more potential to be something positive than, say, the average Transformer. Oh sure, Optimus Prime is a good role model, and his message of freedom for all sentient beings in the galaxy is important, but he’s not quite as empowering as an actual human role model. It’s presumably with an idea like that in mind that Mattel launched its “Sheroes” project earlier this year, which involved creating one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls modeled after inspirational women that would eventually be auctioned off for charity. The dolls included Trisha Yearwood, Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen, and Kristin Chenoweth, but the fans of one of the Sheroes loved the idea so much that they’ve managed to convince Mattel to produce multiple copies of the doll and offer it for sale.

That lucky doll …

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