Mattel Honors Ava DuVernay With Barbie Doll
Mattel is recognizing director Ava DuVernay for all of her many accomplishments with their “Sheroes” Barbie collection. According to Business Wire, the collection will honor DuVernay along with five other “female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.”
Each honoree, had a one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness and will be honored by Barbie at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in New York City. The 2015 Barbie Sheroes include:
Ava DuVernay: Director of the Academy Award Best Picture nominee, SELMA, and founder of African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, which provides opportunities and resources to underrepresented filmmakers.
Emmy Rossum: Golden Globe® nominated actress and spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and a leader in the no-kill movement.
Eva Chen: Breaking boundaries by bringing inspiration to print as the youngest appointed female Editor-in-Chief of a national fashion magazine, Lucky.
Kristin Chenoweth: An inspiration on Broadway and beyond, the Emmy® and Tony Award® nominee and winner also founded the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund volunteering with young talent in the arts.
Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser: Five year-old fashion designer with work appearing in Vogue and signed on with major national fashion brand, J.Crew, for the collection ‘Little Mayhem for J.Crew’ launching in June.
Trisha Yearwood: A woman with many super powers, succeeding as an award-winning Country artist, best-selling author, Food Network host and entrepreneur.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, each honoree will be afforded to opportunity to auction off her doll. Proceeds will go to the charity of her choosing.
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this Spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, General Manager Barbie. “Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”
The ceremony and dolls are all a part of Barbie’s Shero celebration and will conclude on National #Shero Day, which is Monday, April 27. Fans are asked to partake in the celebration by taking to social media using the hashtags #Shero and #BeSuper to recognize a Shero who has empowered them.