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Ballerina Misty Copeland inspires Barbie 'Sheroes' doll

Misty Copeland, the talented ballerina who made history last summer, has received a much-deserved honor from Mattel: her very own Barbie.
/ Source: TODAY

Misty Copeland secured a place in the history books last summer, when she joined the American Ballet Theatre as the company's first black female principal dancer.

And now, the groundbreaking ballerina has received a much-deserved honor from Mattel: her very own Barbie.

Misty Copeland Barbie
Misty Copeland and her Barbie doll became fast friends. Get yours now: #Shero #YouCanBeAnythingBarbie/Facebook

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In a video shared by Barbie's official Facebook page on Monday, Copeland discusses how the doll inspired her to reach for high goals as a child.

"I was a very shy girl, so I felt this instant connection with Barbie," the 33-year-old dancer explained. "She was a way for me to dream. She was extremely feminine, and I think what every little girl wants to be — because Barbie can transform into anything."

Back in 2014, after it was announced she would star in "Swan Lake," Copeland told TODAY that dance helped her during a difficult upbringing.

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"I really enjoyed moving to music. That was kind of an escape for me just throughout my childhood," she said, adding that the success she has achieved today is "surreal."

"I am living my dream..." she explained. "I just try to take it one step at a time."

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The Misty Copeland doll is part of the company's "Sheroes" program, which honors several other female heroes (including Emmy Rossum and Kristin Chenoweth) for their contributions and willingness to break boundaries.

The doll, available on the Barbie Collection website for $29.95, features a bright red bodysuit, nude ballet shoes and a tulle headpiece.