Do These Barbie Dolls Actually Look Like the Stars They're Supposed to Resemble? You Decide
To coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019, Mattel unveiled a new crop of role models from 20 different countries — in Barbie doll form. The brand chose women from ages 19 to 85 with a diverse array of careers for the new release, and representing the U.S. is Grown-ish actress Shahidi.
Shahidi’s doll wears a sharp gray suit with a Tory Burch “vote” graphic tee underneath (a shirt she actually wore to the We Vote Next Summit in September 2018).
Shahidi was chosen for her achievements in acting and activism and for her creation of Yara’s Club in partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in N.Y.C., a digital meet-up for high school students to discuss societal issues, self-improvement, and higher education.
“I’m honored to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model,” Shahidi wrote on Instagram. “Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other. We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine!”
Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb
The all-female hosting duo for the Today show were a natural pick for Barbie's Sheroes collection, as Barbie general manager Lisa McKnight explained in late 2018.
“Savannah and Hoda have modernized morning news," she said, "and allowed more women and girls to see themselves, and their stories, reflected on television."
Along with her signature red hair, the Pioneer Woman's 2018 Barbie comes with a set of cookware — a refrigerator, oven and stove top, and tons of accessories, including a stand mixer, cupcake tin, cookie sheets, a toaster (that actually pops up toast), and lots of food. "I hope it inspires fun," Drummond told Delish of the playset, sold at Walmart.
The 18-year-old Olympic gymnast was overjoyed to announce the launch of her own "Shero" doll in 2018, part of Mattel's line honoring women who have broken boundaries. "As a little girl I was pretty self conscious about my curls and how crazy and frizzy and knotty they were," Hernandez says. "But as I got older I realized that my curls are beautiful and I should embrace them. Now that I have this doll that has hair like mine, it’s gonna have curls like many other people out there. I think that representation is a very big deal… It’s an honor."
Two Jennifer Lopez Barbie dolls hit the shelves in 2013, one featuring a tiny version of the Zuhair Murad gown the star wore to the 2012 Oscars, and the other a glittering outfit from her Dance Again world tour.
The Olympic gymnast received her mini-me ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. "My older sister and I used to play with Barbies and create these dramatic fantasy stories, so it's such a huge honor," she told PEOPLE at the time.
Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. And now she has her very own Barbie — the first to ever wear a hijab in the brand’s 60-year history.
A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit in 2017, as the latest doll in Barbie’s “Shero” line, a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women intended to inspire the next generation.
“To be included in this conversation is very humbling and I’m over the moon about this whole thing," Muhammad told PEOPLE.
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
The country couple's plastic likenesses debuted in 2011, shortly before their 15th wedding anniversary.
The Vivienne Westwood gown Zendaya wore to the 2015 Oscars is now available in Barbie size. "I'm excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices," she said when news of her little doppelgänger was announced.
The model's doll was included in Barbie's 2009 Blonde Ambition Collection. "I am so into Barbie. It has been a dream come true," she told PEOPLE.
Prince William & Kate Middleton
The British royals' wedding styles were commemorated with Barbie and Ken dolls to celebrate their one-year anniversary in 2012.
The Barbie version of the Selma director was available just in time for Christmas 2015.
The singer and her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams received two Barbie treatments. In 2016, Beyoncé showed she still has love for the doll when she and her family donned Barbie Halloween costumes.
Released in 2009, the legendary star's Barbie includes a re-creation of an outfit she originally designed for herself.
The American Ballet Theatre star teamed up with Mattel in 2016 for the "You Can Be Anything" campaign. Her doll sports a red tutu and hairpiece inspired by her role in Firebird.
The 2011 miniature McEntire creation pays tribute to the singer's hit "Fancy" with a red and gold gown.
The Ross Barbie, which was introduced in 2003, wears a stunning silvery gown that's fit for a true star.
Mattel made a one-of-a-kind doll version of the model in 2016 as part of the "Shero" campaign. "It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible. The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it's okay for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful," Graham told The Hollywood Reporter about her involvement in the doll's design.