Regardless of whether anyone asked for it, the Yassification of Queen Elizabeth II has happened — there is now a Barbie doll modelled after her.
Barbie unveiled the doll on Thursday. It created the Mattel monarch to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s time on the throne.
“Barbie observes the landmark occasion with a doll in the Queen’s likeness, dressed in an elegant ivory gown, blue riband with decorations of order, and a crown to complete her regal ensemble,” it wrote in the announcement.
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The doll, priced at US$75 — around $95 Canadian — was launched on Wednesday (aye, 4/20!) on Barbie’s shopping website.
Designer Robert Best crafted the doll to be more petite than the classic Barbie, given the queen’s small stature. It does, however, feature a slim waist and thin, toned arms — a new beauty standard for royal nonagenarians, perhaps?
Reactions to the doll have been mixed, with some loving it, some hating it, and others just having valid but weird thoughts about it.
“I simply cannot entertain the idea of undressing a doll of the queen,” wrote Twitter user Natalie Mays.
I simply cannot entertain the idea of undressing a doll of the queen https://t.co/NdSEVNAqJB
— Natalie Mays (@cornmayz) April 22, 2022
A lot of people really want to have it, but it’s already sold out, even though Mattel set a limit for three Queen Barbies per order. Sorry, Lilibeth fans.
Whaaat. Mind. Blown. Someone has to get me this Barbie. Stat. https://t.co/db3gZxugOI
— Jodi Maxwell-Lee🇺🇦 (@MBMPhotography) April 22, 2022
Social media observations range from “she looks like Helen Mirren” to “why doesn’t she have any wrinkles?”
Ma’am, this is Dame Helen Mirren. https://t.co/wgoqu3VdiX
— Dor 🏳️🌈 (@spawnofthediva_) April 21, 2022
As one would expect, there’s also a segment of people who think it’s a “tacky insult” to the Queen.
Does any British citizen think this is a ‘beautiful tribute’ to our queen or an absolutely tacky insult to her? Yes or No? https://t.co/bQorZWSZyk
— 💙💛🇺🇦🌻JULIE🌻🇺🇦💛💙 (@RDWimp) April 22, 2022
There’s also some spicy commentary, if you will (please don’t catch a lawsuit).
You’re telling me all I had to do was kill princess Diana to get a Barbie in my likeness. Insane https://t.co/ibCHlWAc7S
— my moms favorite failure (@DerekJstacys) April 22, 2022
The collectible gives a whole new meaning to “Slay, Queen” now doesn’t it?