Everyone has been talking about Zendaya’s immortalisation into the world of Barbie. And for very good reason.
Inspired by her iconic Oscars look, the doll boasts a silky white dress, which is the spit of her asymmetric Vivienne Westwood gown. The brand new Barbie also sports the star’s signature long braids.
Speaking with Vogue, the Disney actress expressed her excitement at the resemblance: ‘the doll looks exactly like my look! Literally down to my pinkie ring.’
The 19-year-old also revealed, ‘I really appreciate that they took the time to make [the doll] super detailed and took time with the hair, because obviously the hair was so important.’
Touching on the history of the famous doll, Zendaya spoke out about the wider diversity that is being explored by the brand. She said, ‘What was Barbie, is no more.’
‘Now there is a new a set of Barbies: There’s an Asian Barbie, there’s a Barbie with a shaved head! This is the first Barbie with flat feet! Sweatpants are an option. Baby steps.’
Zendaya has also admitted that, as a child, she had never found a Barbie doll that represented her own background, so being able to bring this new toy to her fans must mean an awful lot to her. She revealed: ‘When I was little, I didn’t have one that looked like me, so I couldn’t connect with her in that way.’
Taking to Instagram, she said: ‘Thank you @barbie for this honour and for allowing me to be apart of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can’t wait to keep doing amazing things with you.’
Demi Lovato has come under fire for a tweet that she sent out just as Zendaya’s doll was making headlines.
In a message aimed directly at the doll manufacturers, Demi said: ‘Hey @Barbie, what about a curvy doll or one with true to size measurements? I’ll model!! #raiseyourvoice #besuper’
Many fans jumped on the tweet, which has since been deleted, believing that Demi was throwing shade on Zendaya’s big news.
We have to admit the timing was a little odd, but more diversity can only be a good thing, right?
And Demi would make a gorgeous Barbie doll too, don’t you agree?
We guess we’ll watch this space.
By Laura Jane Turner