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14 Dolls That Are the Carbon Copy of Their Celebrity Counterparts

Barbie dolls have been a staple of countless childhoods ever since the doll was first announced in 1959. Less than a decade later, the first Barbie inspired by a celebrity came out, when a doll based on the supermodel Twiggy was released in 1967. Since then, a plethora of dolls that are based on the likeness of a celebrity have been made—some were in stores, while others were special-edition dolls.

5-Minute Crafts has prepared a list highlighting some of the best and most faithful reincarnations of celebrities as Barbie dolls.

1. In early 2022, Mattel announced their second David Bowie doll, which pays homage to his appearance in the “Life On Mars?” music video.

Mattel/Ferrari Press/East News, © David Bowie / YouTube

2. In 2022, Mattel showcased Laverne Cox as part of their Tribute Collection, making it the first time that a Barbie doll was based on a transgender woman. Cox is best known for her role as Sophia in Orange Is The New Black.

3. Former American Idol judge and pop superstar Jennifer Lopez had a line of 2 Barbie dolls produced in 2013. The dolls are based on outfits designed by Zuhair Murad, which JLo has famously worn on the red carpet and onstage.

4. Other dolls have been created to commemorate historic events, as is the case of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, made as a celebration for their first anniversary.

Mattel, Supplied by PacificCoastNews.com/EAST NEWS, ST JAMES'S PALACE/SIPA/EAST NEWS

5. Zendaya also has her own Barbie doll, which immortalizes the star’s brave look at the 2015 Oscars.

Joe Sutter, PacificCoastNews/EAST NEWS, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/East News

6. Many dolls pay tribute to classic movies, like this Stormtrooper-inspired Barbie doll, announced as part of Star Wars Day—May the 4th—in 2020. It was part of a line of dolls that fashionably reimagined characters such as C-3PO and Chewbacca.

7. The Twilight saga has also had its very own Barbie dolls. To promote the release of New Moon, the second movie of the franchise, a Barbie Doll of Bella and Edward were made, where the characters sported their outfits from the first movie.

8. And The Hunger Games, to coincide with the release of Catching Fire, the second film of the series, had a line of Barbie dolls made. Katniss was one of them, but Peeta Mellark, Finnick Odair, and Effie Trinket were also available in stores.

9. Elizabeth Taylor, one of the biggest classic Hollywood stars, has had multiple Barbie dolls made in her likeness. The dolls based on the actress who starred in Cleopatra are purported to have eyes that match the exact shade of violet in her eyes.

10. Some Barbie dolls have been products of the imagination of fans, like this Friends-themed playset that includes classic moments, including the time when Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes...

11. ...as well as the time the Holiday Armadillo paid Ross’s son a visit for Christmas.

12. Filipino artist Noel Cruz takes Barbie and other mass-produced dolls and modifies them, often with shockingly realistic results. Here is his own version of Belle, when she was portrayed by Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast.

13. And this is his own repaint of a Michael Jackson figure, modeled after the way MJ looked in the iconic music video “Bad.”

Noel Cruz, Supplied by PacificCoastNews.com/EAST NEWS, © Michael Jackson / YouTube

14. Cruz also repainted a Princess Diana doll, faithfully recreating her historic look on her wedding day.


Which celebrity or famous character would you like to see immortalized as a Barbie doll?

Preview photo credit Noel Cruz, Supplied by PacificCoastNews.com/EAST NEWS, Michael Jackson / YouTube
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