ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Wouldn't it be awesome if one day someone created a Barbie that looked just like you? Well, it seems that this dream has just come true for Disney Channel's Zendaya!

The teen star has received one of the best gifts ever - a Barbie doll in her honor. And the other day, the KC Undercover and Shake It Up! starlet unveiled the mini-version of herself modeled on her stunning 2015 Oscars look. Take a look!

And while the doll boasts the usual Barbie-esque measurements, as you can see, she also surprisingly comes complete with Zendaya's dreadlocks that she wore to an awards ceremony earlier this year! Understandably, the 19-year-old could barely contain her excitement about the adorable 11-inch figure, but amidst all of that, she also had a rather profound message for her fans:

When I was little I couldn't find a Barbie that looked like me, times have changed. Thank you @barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be a part of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can't wait to keep doing amazing things with you.

Zendaya's inspirational words on diversification certainly ring true. For decades, blonde Barbie has been repeatedly criticized for her unrealistic representation of female body shapes, and in fact, experts have calculated that if she were a real woman, she would stand at 6-feet tall, weigh a ridiculous 100 pounds, have a huge 39-inch bust and a tiny 19-inch waist.

Yet despite this, since the dolls hit the shelves back in 1959, they have been set on a pedestal as the ideal role model image for all youngsters, who in return aspire to unattainable measurements and visions of beauty.

In many respects, Zendaya's doll is different - not so much in terms of measurements (this one is unfortunately still anatomically unrealistic) but in the ethnic diversification that she promotes. During the press release about the doll and during the Barbie Rock 'N Royals Concert Experience last week, the Disney star said:

"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 [...] It's a positive message to send to my fans, including my nieces, who are coming with me to the concert."

According to Mattel, the Zendaya doll is part of the Barbie Fashionista line, which is embracing a "new direction" of dolls, featuring eight skin tones, 14 different sculpts, 18 eye colors, and 23 different hair colors.

Hopefully, these little ladies will set the bar for future dolls which will teach us to embrace unique, individual personalities and beauty images. Keep 'em coming, I say!



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