This morning on Good Morning America, boundary breaking ballerina Misty Copeland announced the release of her self-inspired Barbie doll. The dancer had a large hand in the creation of the doll whose vibrant garments were influenced by Copeland's Firebird costume she wore in her debut performance as the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American principal ballerina. As a symbol of representation for young girls, the doll is also a part of Mattel's Barbie Sheroes program, a dedication to women like Zendaya, Ava Duvernay and Trisha Yearwood, who devote their livelihoods to pushing limits and creating platforms for diversity.
In a press release, Copeland said, "I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on. It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."
The doll is now available for purchase online.