With Nicki Minaj being the self-proclaimed “Harajuku Barbie,” and affectionately deeming her fans “Barbz” and “Ken” dolls, I knew it was only a matter of time before Mattel reached out for a formal relationship with the mega pop star.
On Wednesday, December 7, the one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie doll will be showcased at Divine Design’s five-day event and gala at the Beverly Hilton in LA and available for auction at CharityBuzz.com. Bids will start at $1,000 and will be received through December 19th. The Nicki doll includes “every signature detail, right down to the tattoo on Nicki’s left arm.” Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Project Angel Food Organization, a charity that provides food for people afflicted with HIV and AIDS.
A Mattel spokesperson released a statement on why the collaboration makes sense: “Barbie is obviously a pop culture icon. She’s been in the spotlight for over 50 years, and strikes that chord with girls of all ages in terms of being representative of the times. And Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan. It’s really exciting for us that she’s been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause.”
Nicki Minaj in vintage Barbie jacket after Grammy Nominations
Other African-American celebs who have had custom Barbie dolls made by Mattel in their likeness include Janet Jackson, Brandy Norwood, Diana Ross, Beyonce Knowles, and Halle Berry.
Diana Ross Barbie by Bob Mackie
Halle Berry “Die Another Day” Barbie