"I’m honored because I didn’t decide what look this Barbie was gonna have," the former Disney Channel star revealed. "Barbie actually took the initiative to make it something that was an important moment for me and I think a lot of people out in the world."
The doll is modeled after the outfit and hairstyle that Zendaya wore to the 2015 Oscars, now infamous as the look that got Giuliana Rancic in hot water after the Fashion Police panelist commented that the actress’ dreadlocked hair made her look like she "smells like patchouli oil, or maybe weed."
"The hair was obviously so important to me," Zendaya told ET of her favorite feature on the doll. "They took their time and they made it perfect."
The 19-year-old star, whose father is black and mother is white, told ET that she didn’t always connect with Barbie dolls as a young girl because "they didn’t really have one that looked like Zendaya."
"I think it’s definitely time to have a Barbie like this," she added. "It’s opening doors for a lot of women, women of color, of all different backgrounds. I think that’s really, really exciting."
The K.C. Undercover star also told ET that she’s excited for other young girls to grow up with a Barbie doll that looks more like them.
"It’s showcasing different types of beauty, it’s showcasing different types of women," she said of her doll. "Barbie is diversifying, Barbie doesn’t look like she used to look."