Actress and singer Zendaya Coleman announced on Saturday that Barbie has made a one-of-a-kind doll for her that is soon to be released to stores.
Barbie has had a history of making dolls for women in entertainment that are seen as role models for diversity (Brandy in the ’90s, Raven Symone in the ’00s) and Zendaya is the company’s newest addition. The doll is dressed in the ensemble Zendaya wore to the Oscars earlier this year. The look caused a controversy then when former E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic made comments on E! show Fashion Police about it that made people on social media run amuck. Zendaya took to her social media accounts to express her gratitude to Barbie.
A Zendaya doll is so much more than something to buy your daughter, niece, etc. to play with. It’s another step in the movement to show young, black girls that they are beautiful exactly the way they are. Barbie gave Zendaya the ultimate payback by allowing her to use the negative statements that were made about her into something that will be apart of the company’s history forever. By the Zendaya doll having dreadlocks and not blonde or brunette tresses, this generation’s little black girl can finally see herself and know that the hair growing out of her scalp is completely perfect and special. She will not want to change one thing about her in order to look like something that isn’t real. I have always commended young entertainers like Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg and Willow and Jaden Smith who embrace who they are and use their platform to uplift the masses of black youth. Positive images and news for African Americans like this is needed more than ever in these trying times and I am so excited for something so groundbreaking to arrive in stores all over the nation.
Zendaya Coleman’s Instagram page