The long-awaited Barbie doll featuring “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz went on sale Tuesday, an event that the singer’s fans have been waiting for for two years, ever since Mattel announced the news and revealed the doll’s image. Doll in 2021.
As an appetizer for Hispanic Heritage Month 2023, which begins on September 15, this doll was released as part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series, which pays tribute to the incredible heroines of their era; Brave women who took risks, changed the rules and paved the way for generations. “Girls can dream bigger than ever,” Mattel said.
This new Barbie doll, which will retail for $35, shows a young Celia, wearing a tight red lace Cuban dress peaked with ruffles at the bottom and on the sleeves, with a blonde wig and her hair up. A high bun, long necklace and earrings, and her signature gold pumps.
Celia Cruz’s “Barbie” becomes a reality twenty years after the death of the Cuban “Guarachera”, on July 16, 2003, when she lost her battle against cancer, after a career that spanned six decades in which he recorded 75 albums.
The eternal “Queen of Salsa,” who brought that music to the world with Fania Stars, has earned countless accolades, including multiple platinum and gold records, three Grammy Awards, four Latin Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Arts and a star on the Walk of Fame. Hollywood.
Added to the unconditional affection of his loyal fans, who danced to the rhythm of his powerful voice and did not forget his “war cry”: Sugar!
Mattel stressed in a statement that Celia Cruz was “a dazzling performer of many genres of Afro-Caribbean music, and had an energetic stage presence and unique style that made her beloved by fans of different nationalities and generations.”
The company added: “One of the few women to have succeeded in the male-dominated world of salsa. For more than half a century, the Queen of Salsa has carried her title with class and distinction.”
Mattel also noted that “her boundless enthusiasm, genuine warmth and rooted humanity have made her the music industry’s most successful and respected performer and the most prominent ambassador of Spanish culture in the world.”
Mattel’s inaugural Barbie Women’s Collection already includes dolls of other figures such as Chinese film actress Anna May Wong; the first black and Native American female aviator Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman; the poet Maya Angelou; former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; singer Ella Fitzgerald; Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, among others.
Cruz will also be remembered on a 25 cent coin that will be in circulation next year and next to his image there will be the word “Sugar”!
The Cuban singer was previously immortalized on a set of US postage stamps in the “Forever Stamps” series alongside Selena, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Carlos Gardel, which went on sale in 2011.
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