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Mariah Carey’s Barbie Doll Set to Hit Shelves In Time For the Holidays

Mariah Carey’s Barbie Doll Set to Hit Shelves In Time For the Holidays

Mariah Carey has yet another reason to celebrate this holiday season and it all comes from the world of Barbie. Say what? Yes indeed, Mattel decided it was time for Carey to be done up in her Christmas best. It’s part of the dollmaker’s Superstar set.

Carey revealed the look for a cool Christmas gift during an interview with People. All this in some way connects to her hit holiday song, All I Want for Christmas Is You. Carey has won a Grammy and scored 19 No. 1 hits.

Now, though, Mariah is celebrating Christmas by being Barbie-fied. All this started happening this Friday. You, too, can get an 11.5-inch, $75 version of Carey. Now, the iconography is all there: the smile, the waves of hair, the smile, the microphone, and even the butterfly ring.

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But for Carey, this honor goes far beyond joining the ranks of other famous singers like Cher, Beyonce, and Tina Turner. Now, the timing is just right: Mattel has sold more than a billion Barbie dolls and Carey’s holiday song has now surpassed more than a billion streams on Spotify.

“As a little girl, I didn’t have a lot of toys or things,” Carey said, remembering her at-times tough childhood. At times, she grew up in a small house in Long Island, N.Y., with her mom, Patricia Carey, an opera singer. “The one thing I really wanted was Superstar Barbie.” 

Carey is famously (and fabulously) a perfectionist, whether in her performance, style, or the decoration of her Christmas trees. (For the record, she says, she has two at home: one decorated with angels and butterflies and one Peanuts-inspired. “Kind of sad, but we decorate it with gifts from fans,” known as Lambs.) When Carey began working with Mattel, she did have some feedback.

“I had some notes, yeah,” she starts. “The hair, other things. But when I saw my doll, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so cute.’ Because it’s based on the Christmas dress that I wear in the second ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ video, which was directed by Joseph Kahn.”

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Carey did notice a little difference between the red dress in the video and the dress miniaturized in her hands, though.

“They wouldn’t let the ‘V’ in the dress be quite as low as it is in the video,” she says with a small chuckle. “But I understand because it’s a holiday and everything else.”

She dramatically sighs. “But I’m like, ‘Oh, Barbie, very demure.’”

Carey remains excited, though. “If I could go back and tell my little-girl self that one day I would have a Barbie made in my likeness, I would flip out!”

Carey liked Barbies growing up and still enjoys the whole Barbie universe.

“I liked the movie a lot,” she adds of the recent release starring Margot Robbie. Her daughter, Roe, did too.

“She played with Barbie dolls, so it was kind of cool for her to see it. But Roe has her own thing. When I was growing up. I think it was more Barbies and things like that. She was more, like, on her iPad until she had her phone. Now she’s on her phone.”

Carey’s Barbie doll will be available to shop on Friday.