ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Oprah Winfrey said life has come “full circle” from her days as a girl playing with corn cob dolls to getting a Barbie designed to look like her character from A Wrinkle in Time.
“My whole life, we couldn’t afford a Barbie,” Oprah said in an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday morning. She said Barbies were a far cry from the type of dolls she had as a child.
“I had actually a corn cob doll,” she admitted.
“You go in the cornfield and you take the corn shucks and the golden hair, what was the silk of the corn and that’s what we played with,” she explained. “I started with a corn cob doll and then to have a full circle that there’s a doll made in your image, and the image of the character, is pretty incredible actually.”
Oprah, who plays Mrs. Which in the sci-fi film, said Mattel “did an incredible job” with the the doll.
A Wrinkle in Time also stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling and Mattel made Barbies in the likeness of their characters too.
A Wrinkle in Time opens March 9 from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Mattel also announced it will honor 14 historical and modern-day female role models through its Shero program, showcasing women who have broken boundaries in their respective fields.
From Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins to Team USA snowboarding Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, the new Barbies are available worldwide to help ignite a conversation around the importance of positive role models for young girls.
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