Award-winning director Ava DuVernay joins the short-list of women who’ve been honored with their own “Barbie” dolls by Mattel. Find out more regarding Ava’s honor inside and get the deets on Grant Hill purchasing The Atlanta Hawks.
Today, the MATTEL company revealed that they’ve created 6 “Sheroes” Barbie dolls, honoring women heroes who inspire girls “by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.”
The collection, which was unveiled earlier at Variety’s “Power of Women” includes Barbie versions of Broadway star Kirsten Chenoweth, actress Emmy Rossum and country singer Trisha Yearwood, director Ava DuVernay and Lucky editor Eva Chen and fashion designer Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser.
Evelyn Mazzocco, general manager of Barbie, explained the dolls and their significance saying,
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls. Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”
Ava’s doll has her trademark braids and comes with a director’s chair. Ava, who’s set to direct and write and original series for OWN this fall, tweeted her approval,
In other news…
18-year-NBA vet Grant Hill, who won Rookie of the Year during the 1994-95, owns an NBA team (at least partially)! We’ll explain….
According to a CBS Sports press release, Grant Hill (shown above with wife Tamia) is a part of an investment group that acquired the Atlanta Hawks for $850 Million. His group includes billionaire Antony Ressler, private equity investor Richard Schnall; Spanx Inc. founder Sara Blakely, and her husband, Jesse Itzler who is a co-founder of Marquis Jets.
In a team release obtained by Bloomberg Business, Antony Ressler said “We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen to become the new stewards of the Hawks, we are incredibly excited by the Hawks’ success and wish them luck in the playoffs.”
While Grant isn’t very active on social media he did “retweet” a congratulatory message from fellow mogul Earvin Magic Johnson. And we all know Magic Johnson is the bluepint for athletes turned moguls. Clearly he approves of this purchase…
Photo via Grant’s Instagram/Getty/Twitter