Real-Life Barbie Girls: Famous Women With Celebrity Dolls
Since the 1840’s when famous ballerinas were featured as paper dolls, toy makers have loved immortalizing celebrity women in mimi-form. Many of today’s celebrities have been recreated as dolls that have been sold to the public and so here, from Nicki Minaj to Diana Ross, we count down famous women with celebrity dolls made in their likeness.
The self-professed Barbie got her wish in 2011 when Mattel created a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness that was auctioned for charity.
Back when the super-group was at the top of its game, three mini-sized versions of Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle were released with collectible charm bracelets to match their dresses.
Halle Berry has actually had three Barbie’s created in her likeness –a Halle Berry Barbie that never went into production, a Die Another Day Barbie and a Catwoman Barbie.
Brandy’s 20 years in the industry have spawned a slew of hits, a ton of awards and a handful of adorable Barbie dolls like this one.
In 2010 Janet Jackson and her absolutely fierce American Idol look got the doll treatment for a charity auction that benefited Project Angel Food, a service committed to feeding the less fortunate who are battling critical illness.
In 1999 TLC’s unforgettable hit “No Scrubs” (and those equally as unforgettable outfits) inspired these cute little dolls.
Mother monster got doll-ified in 2013 when this creepy life-size version of herself (that also sings tracks from her ArtPop album) was released.
Venus and Serena Williams
In 1999 Play Along marketed Venus and Serena Williams dolls because as Jay Foreman, founder of the toy company, put it:
“The Williams sisters are, without a doubt, the most popular and exciting female athletes in the world today.”
In the 80’s Hasbro released a Naomi Campbell doll that’s no longer in production but often still available as a collector’s item on auction sites.
Kimora Lee Simmons
The Kimora Lee Simmons Barbie doll is pure fabulosity with its leopard-lined fur coat and hot pink thigh high boots.
The success of The Disney Channel series That’s So Raven prompted Mattel to recreate the title character in doll form, complete with a collectible poster, brush and ponytail holder.
Earlier this year Mattel released a Jennifer Lopez doll that was specially designed with “more enhanced curves” that critics were quick to point out weren’t quite “enhanced” enough.
The divalicious Diana Ross Barbie doll is already a collector’s item, selling for over $100 new.
Gwen Stefani’s line of limited edition fashion dolls captured her unique sense of style and included other collectibles like posters, pocket mirrors and trading cards.
Supermodel Heidi Klum inspired a fashionable Barbie doll in 2009 that looks to be even skinnier than she is!