...the first real life Barbie is a 24-year-old graduate of Kent State University School of Performing Arts called Erin Coors. She was about to accept a minor role in a fringe production when Mattel selected her as the one to bring Barbie to life.
...Barbie will be travelling across America for the best part of a year, stopping off at 80 small towns, and the occasional large one, to perform the hour- long musical. It is hoped that, by panto season, contracts will be signed and the show will be performed all over Britain.
“Just listening to them all chanting ‘Barbie, Barbie, Barbie’ as I walk on means the world to me. It is a very special job and a great responsibility,” Ms Coors said.
As she spoke, an eight-year-old called Victoria pushed past a group of fans waiting for autographs and screamed: “I want your dress, and I want your tiara and I want your shoes.”
“What a lovely little girl, what adorable hair you have,” said Barbie.
Another few dozen little girls stood in awe of the life-sized doll before them. Barbie told them all to be good, and to be always honest and to always have courage before bidding them farewell.
“That’s her,” breathed Nicole Satchetti with about as much amazement as a 3-year-old can muster.