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Ava DuVernay: 'My barbie had to have a director's chair!'

Published 08/12/2015

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

Director Ava DuVernay used to love cutting her Barbies' hair and creating new looks for them as a little girl.

Ava DuVernay is thrilled with her special edition Barbie, as she loved to play with the dolls as a child.

The 43-year-old is the recipient of a limited Mattel doll and on Monday 7 December (15), the Platinum Label collector's edition was released, with fewer than one thousand dolls up for grabs.

The Selma director is thrilled with her mini-me.

"The only reason I (let Mattel make the doll), was because of how much I was into Barbies," she told USA Today. "We used to cut their hair and put eyeliner on them, because I thought 'cholos' (dual heritage) were the most beautiful women."

The star added they had such little money growing up, she had to make outfits for her dolls out of socks and rubber bands.

While Ava thinks its fun to have a doll baring her likeness, she is more impressed that Mattel decided to create something "representative of a different image".

Her dreadlocked doll comes with a directors chair, something that had a particular significance to Ava, who spent years making independent films.

"I didn't get a director's chair until Selma, which was my sixth film," she said. "It was a big deal."

Barbie played a big part in Ava's early creative development process, as she would make up romantic stories with her sisters around the dolls.

"I grew up in Compton, where some days my mom didn't want us to go outside," she explained. "(We were) cool girls in a clique, because we were all nerds. It really sparked my early storytelling."

Ava's doll follows pop star Zendaya's, which was released earlier this year.

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