Barbie's lineup these days is all about representing a diverse and inspirational group of women. In 2016، Ashley Graham received a Barbie made to match her curves، glamour magazine reported. For International Women's Day this year، Barbie honored legends from Olympian Chloe Kim to artist Frida Kahlo with dolls made in their likenesses. Today the iconic brand has added another influential—and notably chic—woman to its doll roster.
Fashionista reports that 96-year-old Iris Apfel is the latest woman to have a Barbie doll made in her likeness. Apfel is a legend on the fashion scene: After a career in interior design and textiles that has spanned decades، Apfel has carried her instantly recognizable personal style into her nineties، attending Fashion Week and running a popular Instagram account that showcases her quirky، creative، brilliantly accessorized outfits. Calling herself a "geriatric darling،" Apfel makes bold sartorial choices with a powerful underlying message: Style doesn't have to stop as you get older.
"Iris Apfel is one of Barbie's fashion role models،" a representative for Mattel tells Glamour. In keeping with Apfel's signature over-the-top looks، the Iris Apfel doll's outfit is unmissable. She wears a replica of the green Gucci suit Apfel donned for the cover of her book، Accidental Icon، topped with colorful، chunky jewelry and Apfel's signature oversize glasses.
Fans of Apfel won't be able to nab her exact Barbie—the Iris Apfel doll released today is one-of-a-kind. However، Barbie will release a "Styled By" Barbie that takes fashion cues from Apfel later this year. The look: black oversize glasses، chunky necklaces، and bright suiting—a proper tribute to one of the most inspirational style icons of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.