We all know Nicki Minaj prides herself on her exaggerated style — and we’re not sure which came first, the Barbie nickname or her love of wearing Malibu Barbie pink clothing. So it wasn’t too surprising to see her pink and electic blue ensemble at last night’s MAC Viva Glam event. What was surprising, however, was to see a photo of Michelle Williams in a Christian Dior gown that was a very Barbie (or Barbz, for that matter) shade of pink at the Paris premiere of My Week With Marilyn. Three’s a trend, the saying goes, so we’re counting the news that Mattel is releasing 11-inch dolls modeled after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April, to celebrate William and Kate’s first anniversary. Now, doesn’t that make it seem like, for one day at least, everyone was feeling a little nostalgic for their tiny plastic Corvette and miniature high heels and that dream house with the elevator that only one Barbie at a time could ride? Oh, and there were horses and dogs too, and a costume for every career in existence. Damn, Barbie had it all, didn’t she?
Woah. Sorry, for that tangent. Anyway, we’d like to pose this important question to you:
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This has got to be the best day of Nicki Minaj’s life. Why? Because the Pink Friday rapper has been immortalized as a genuine Barbie doll! Mattel produced a one-of-a-kind Nicki doll to be auctioned off next Wednesday at the Divine Design Gala in Los Angeles. The proceeds from the auction will go to Project Angel Food, which provides food to people suffering from HIV and AIDS. The toy would definitely make a pretty cool Christmas gift … except for the fact that bidding starts at $1000. Maybe next year, guys. Past plastic honorees include Carol Channing, Rachel Zoe and Janet Jackson.
Nicki posted a picture of the doll on her Twitter today, with the slightly un-Barbie caption “It’s BARBIE bbiiiiiiiirrrrrrch!!!!” The union between the toy maker and the pink-hued singer is a natural match, as Nicki has mucho Barbie bling in her expansive wardrobe repertoire and has given numerous shout-outs to the doll in her verses. Plus, have you SEEN her car!? “Barbie is obviously a pop culture icon,” Mattel spokeswoman Stefani Yocky told Billboard. “She’s been in the spotlight for over 50 years, and strikes that chord with girls of all ages in terms of being representative of the times. And Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan.” No official word yet on whether or not the Nicki doll will be considered for mass production, but TMZ is reporting that it might be a reality, and that she’ll be joined in the doll house by Katy Perry, too!
Check out the gallery below for more celebs who’ve got the Barbie treatment.
No more fashioning tiny little cowboy hats out of duct tape for you! EW reports that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Barbies are due out from Mattell this October. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tim and Faith sent us photos of every detailÃ¢â‚¬Â doll designer Linda Kyaw says of the $69.99 doll duo. Ã¢â‚¬Å“including TimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s complete suit, piece-by-piece; and FaithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dress, make-up, and clear shots of her hair preference.” Let’s hope Faith’s hair preference is “hacked apart by a pair of safety scissors and colored in with watermelon-scented marker,” because that’s all our Barbies sported!
“The couple knew exactly what they wanted to see in doll form, and they helped us achieve the best possible results,” Kyaw explains. We were kidding about all the Barbie abuse, of course; clearly the dolls are collector’s items only. No one needs to see Tim McGraw’s face get chewed on by the family dachshund or Faith Hill’s leg get jammed in a heating grate, not even in toy form.