Another one for the Headlines I Thought I’d Never See file: “Dream Chancellor Barbie: Mattel debuts Merkel doll.”
Barbie can add another dream job to her list — Germany’s first female head-of-state. Toy company Mattel debuted the Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie last week at an international toy fair in the southern city of Nuremberg.
It sports Merkel’s signature strawberry-blond bob, an elegant black pantsuit and low-heeled shoes.
“She’s a role model for other women worldwide,” said Mattel spokeswoman Stephanie Wegener. “She represents what we can achieve.”
Merkel attended the fair’s opening Wednesday and Wegener said she approved of her miniature doppelganger — even though Barbie’s familiar face and figure do not exactly replicate her real-life appearance. “Creating a copy of someone is not the intention — we’re not Madame Tussauds,” Wegener said. “It’s just a lookalike doll created to honor her.”
The special-edition Barbie, part of Mattel’s celebrations of the ubiquitous doll’s 50th birthday, is not for sale and will not go into production. The company said it has not yet decided what to do with it after the trade fair closes on Tuesday.
Doctor of quantum chemistry. Leader of great power. Barbie doll model. Quite the progression. But, if Merkel doesn’t object, I won’t.
James Joyner is managing editor of the Atlantic Council.