Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers is teaming up with Mattel to give Barbie a full-blown high-fashion makeover…and its good!
According to Yahoo, Zerina has a well-dressed client list that includes Chloe x Halle, Neicy Nash, Megan Thee Stallion, and Latto, so she knows a thing or two about fashion.
She was also a personal stylist and wardrobe curator for none other than Queen Bey herself.
Akers founded Black Owned Everything in 2020 to elevate Black-owned fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands by connecting them to the global marketplace.
The Akers-Barbie collection is an ode to Black History month as the collaboration celebrates representation through the lens of Black culture.
“Partnering with Barbie and getting to dress yet another icon is such a full circle moment for me—Barbie and Mattel were such a huge part of my childhood and are so nostalgic for me. I’m so excited to reimagine Barbie’s style and help inspire the next generation of fashionistas to dream big!” Akers said.
“For me, Barbie was one of my earliest forms of representation. My aunt would buy me the prettiest Black Barbie dolls to play with (she still does sometimes). It was very important for us to see ourselves in the toys we played with and for our dolls to have multicultural “friends.” Whether I was making clothes for my Barbie dolls or styling their hair, I was able to practice different ways to explore creatively as it related to image, appearance, and lifestyle – I still want my Barbie Corvette,” she said.
Check out a few photos from the collection via @barbiestyle:
We have to grab one!