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From left: Photo via Mattel; Photo by Erik Tomasson, via San Francisco Ballet.

Mattel has just announced the newest 14 dolls in its Barbie Global Role Model series, and we're thrilled to see that San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan has made the list. Tan joins the ranks of Misty Copeland, who was immortalized in Barbie form just last year.

The Barbie Shero program honors real women who have broken boundaries in their fields, and can act as an inspiration to the next generation of girls. Tan certainly fits that bill. She was both the youngest dancer ever promoted to principal in SFB's long history and the first Chinese-born ballerina to maintain a principal position at the top of the American ballet world. Her doll wears her Swan Lake Odette costume and is in relevé in white shoes (though any bunhead knows that those untucked ribbons would never pass). "It's important to me that young girls know that they can be anything they want to be, so they should dream big and never give up," Tan told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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We've grown accustomed to seeing American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland everywhere: Doing outreach in Rwanda, as a guest editor at Dance Magazine, walking the red carpet at the Met Gala, rehearsing for her multiple roles in ABT's spring season...the list goes on. Now, she's conquered new territory. Meet the Misty Copeland Barbie Doll.

Copeland was involved in the doll's development, in an effort to make sure it reflects a strong ballerina body rather than the absurd proportions of Barbies past. We wonder, though, if Mattel engineered the hips to turn out properly.

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