From when she first started shaking things up on Disney, to her always evolving red carpet looks, Zendaya Coleman is taking the world by storm and now her own Barbie is about to.
The singer, actress, model and dancer hosted this year’s Barbie Rock ‘N Royals Concert in Hollywood, California last Saturday where she debuted her doll.
This new Barbie, is a part of Mattel’s (Creator of Barbie) campaign to include more diverse dolls. Before the end of the year, 78 new Barbie’s will be in toy aisles across the country. The new collection will include eight different skin tones and 14 different hairstyles. The faces of American girls are changing and Barbie has had a difficult time keeping up. Sales of Barbie’s have been down for three consecutive years. Studies show that diversity among American children is greater than the population as a whole. Though Barbie is often universally recognized as a blonde, many girls who play with her cannot identify with that image anymore. As a result, Mattel found a voice in Zendaya, a 19 year old biracial Disney star, who speaks her mind about diversity, racial issues, and cultural appropriation in our country.
Zendaya’s doll is a stunning replica of her famous 2015 Oscars look. Back in February, Zendaya wore dreadlocks to complete her Vivienne Westwood red carpet look. Her locs received harsh comments from Giuliana Rancic, host of E!’s “Fashion Police” which came under fire. Rancic said on “Fashion Police”, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil … or weed.” This offensive remark had people of all races coming to Zendaya’s defense.
Zendaya handled these comments with class and posted a heartfelt Instagram writing, “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that are hair is good enough.”
As for her Barbie, Zendaya is thrilled by society’s progress. “When I was little, I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my…how times have changed,” wrote Zendaya in an Instagram post.
Zendaya is not alone in her excitement. Fans all over social media are eager to obtain her doll, making their voices known through tweets and pictures. There is no set release date for the Zendaya Barbie, but it is expected to fly off the shelves