Helen Mirren gets the Barbie treatment

Dame Helen Mirren is honoured today as a ‘Barbie Role Model’ ahead of Barbie’s 65th anniversary on 9th March and International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The Academy Award winning actress receives the highest honour from the Barbie brand; a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll created in her likeness, in recognition of her acting career spanning decades and versatility as a storyteller breathing life into powerful and wide-ranging female stories for generations.

Dame Helen says: “I am absolutely blown away by my Barbie. To be chosen by Barbie as a Role Model is a huge compliment, and something I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams happening to me at this stage in my life.  It’s a very special thing, and something I can add to my list of my favourite achievements; becoming a Dame of the British Empire, having an Oscar, having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and having my own Barbie!”

The one-of-a-kind Helen Mirren Barbie doll re-creates the iconic blue fashion look Helen wore on the 2023 Cannes red carpet, where she debuted blue hair while wearing a cornflower blue gown by Del Core, and jewellery by Bulgari. The doll carries a blue fan – one of Helen’s trademark red carpet accessories – and a miniature Oscar statue, in recognition of Helen’s 2007 Academy Awards® Best Actress win.

Of her dolls look, Helen says “The intricacy and detail of the doll is extraordinary; I love that the Barbie doll is wearing one of my favourite ever red carpet looks, and it was the first time I’d ever had blue hair, and it felt so exciting. I like to embrace theatrical fashion and the joy that having fun with fashion can bring, and I think that this joy should be age-less. And the cherry on top of the cake is my doll having a miniature Oscar. It is an absolutely perfect reproduction.”

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Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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