Stevie Nicks has long been a queen of rock and roll, and now she has a Barbie to prove it!
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During her concert at Madison Square Garden this past weekend, Stevie Nicks took a moment between songs to reveal an exciting accomplishment. “I have something very exciting to share with you a few hours before the rest of the world,” she said after a performance of “Bella Donna”. She then brought out a Barbie box, with pictures of the Barbie itself showing on stage, to officially announce that she and Mattel collaborated to create the Stevie Nicks Barbie® Doll. “I was very overwhelmed. Will she be like me?” she told the crowd of her initial reaction. “Will she have my spirit? Will she have my heart?”
And it appears she does, as Nicks was infatuated with the result, bringing the doll on tour with her and eventually gifting it to a fan in the audience. “When I look at her I see my 27-year-old self,” she told the crowd. “I am her and she is me.”
Mattel followed the announcement at midnight on their website, making the doll available for presale. Despite the sale limit of ten dolls per order and the $55 price tag, the Stevie Nicks Barbie® Doll is already sold out, making it even more collectible and rare.
In an interview with USA Today, Stevie Nicks revealed that she was quite involved in the making of the doll. “Mattel gave me a lot of platform to be creative and I jumped right on that platform,” she told the outlet. “I said, 'I’ll send you my original 'Rumours' outfit, which is packed away, and we’ll dig it out and I’m going to get out the boots…' And I sent it off to Mattel.” Indeed, the Barbie is in her famous all black, flowy ensemble from the 1977 album cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours - including the ribboned tambourine.
Nicks even had a say in the facial design of the doll when editing the initial model. “When Mattel first sent her to me, I told them her eyebrows are a little too arched and my eye makeup, if you go back to the ‘70s, it was very Twiggy with lots of eyelashes and that doe-eyed look. So I said you need to raise that dark eyeshadow above the fold in her eye and that will fix it.” As for capturing her iconic stare, Nicks told the designers, “we need to see a little bit of teeth.”
All the editing was well worth it to Nicks, who even brought the Barbie on tour with her. “I opened her up and I went, ‘She’s just perfect.’” she recalled. “This little Barbie is so precious and they helped her have my soul. If nobody else in the world got her but me, I’d almost be OK with that.”
Here’s to hoping that her special edition Barbie doesn’t stay sold out for long!