Barbie celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with dolls of singer Celia Cruz and author Julia Alavarez

Left to right: The Celia Cruz doll and the Julia Alvarez doll. Photo credit Mattel
By , KNX 1070 Newsradio


Barbie announced it's celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by releasing two new “role model” dolls based off of famous Latinas.

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Mattel, Inc., which manufactures Barbies, created dolls of late Cuban “Queen of Salsa” singer Celia Cruz and Dominican-American author and activist Julia Alvarez.

"Through their legendary careers and bravery in self-expression, Celia Cruz and Julia Alvarez continue to inspire generations of young Latinos to proudly tell their stories," read a tweet from Barbie's official account.

Alvarez, whose literary works include "In the Time of Butterflies" and "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," took to Twitter to express her gratitude.

“I’m so honored to have a one-of-a-kind me in celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, along with the iconic Celia Cruz!” she tweeted. “I hope this can encourage young Latinas to share their gifts with the world.”

Cruz, who over the course of her career won three GRAMMY Awards, four Latin GRAMMY Awards and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away in 2003 at the age of 77.

The one-of-a-kind dolls are not available for purchase, according to KRON 4.

In addition to the two new “role model” dolls, Barbie also announced its Barbie Dream Gap Project is also partnering with Latinitas, a bilingual education nonprofit for girls, and will be donating $50,000 for virtual and in-person programs.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and honors the history and culture of Hispanic Americans.

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