David Bowie has been immortalised by Mattel after a Barbie doll was created in his likeness. In a gender-bending moment that the musician himself would surely approve of, the collectable doll was inspired by his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego.
Mattel described Bowie as “the pioneer of sound and vision whose music continues to show the world how to reach for the stars”. The figurine – which was created in partnership with the 2019 David Bowie Archive – wears a striped silver and red ‘spacesuit’, red knee-high flatform boots and silver earrings with dangling stars. Her dark red hair is styled to look like Ziggy Stardust’s and her forefront is imprinted with the golden circle he wore.
Ziggy Stardust was one of Bowie’s most famed guises, and was described by the singer as a rock star who communicates with extraterrestrial beings in the face of a coming apocalypse on Earth. He debuted the persona in 1972 with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Although the alter-ego was intended as an experiment, the singer became swept up by the persona and started asking the press to call him Ziggy. He later admitted that the character was taking over his personality.
Mattel launched the doll – priced at $50 (£39) – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity, released in 1969.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK