Selena, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez are some of the Latina superstars with Barbies and now the iconic Gloria Estefan joins the list. The doll celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the Grammy Award-winner’s chart-topping 1989 hit, “Get On Your Feet”. Her outfit is an ’80s throwback with a soft leopard belt accentuated with a gold waist chain, while bold thigh-high boots and gold accessories and a jacket with gold detailing and a lace sleeve. According to a press release the doll is also inspired by her Cuban heritage and Estefan took to her Instagram on the eve of her birthday today to announce the Barbie saying, “The best birthday present ever! My very own mini me! @barbie #OutNow #Barbie,” she posted with “Get On Your Feet” playing in the background.
Estefan is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Some of her hits include “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, “Don’t Wanna Lose You”, “Coming Out of the Dark”, and a remake of “Turn the Beat Around”. She recently voiced Marta Sandoval in Vivo on Netflix and played the matriarch in the remake of Father of the Bride alongside Andy Garcia. In addition to her acting and music career, she co-hosts Red Table Talk: The Estefans with her daughter Emily and her niece Lili Estefan discussing topics related to the Latinx community with celebs including Amara La Negra and Becky G.
With the launch of her doll, Barbie is partnering with Esperanza on two of their major arts programs, Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) and the Esperanza Arts Center (EAC). For AMLA, the partnership provides funding to help children with private music lessons to play instruments, sing, write songs and prepare for future success. For EAC, Barbie is also underwriting one of their event programs and bolstering their Mentor-Fellow programs, which trains children or careers in arts production and administration.
“I’m well-known in the Hispanic world as someone who has maintained their culture. Despite the fact that we’ve recorded in English and had pop hits all over the world, we never allowed anyone to change our sound, our image and kept the Latinismo in our music,” she told E! News. “So, for a little Hispanic girl to see herself reflected and say, ‘Maybe one day I could do something that would have someone make a Barbie about me,’ it’s really cool.”
The Gloria Estefan Barbie is now available for preorder and will ship on or before Oct. 28 and retails for $55. It’s also available at Target, Amazon, and Walmart.
“I’m honored to be partnering with Barbie to create a doll in my likeness, especially as I ring in my 65th birthday and right ahead Hispanic Heritage Month. When designing my Barbie with the team, I wanted to ensure I was staying true to my multicultural roots – and I believe we did just that,” she said in a press release.