Brandy 'Floored' by Fan-Made Barbie Dolls: 'I Love Barbie Brandy'
Actress, singer, and now, Barbie!
Brandy Norwood served as the inspiration for longtime fan Tyren Redd, who created a Barbie doll in the likeness of the 37-year-old singer.
While not official, the doll chronicles the singer’s life with looks -- from her Seventeen cover to her Broadway debut in
Chicago -- based on her long-running
career’s evolving style.
The doll’s Instagram, which has over 10,000 followers and
counting, even caught the attention of Norwood, who was delighted by the
creation and shared a few of the images on her verified account.
"I'm so floored that my doll was reincarnated through
the creative imagination of one of my most loyal stars, Tyren Redd,” Norwood told
ETonline. “All the love that is shown to my doll and her Instagram page is
greatly appreciated, and at the same time, shocking.”
“I love Barbie Brandy," she added.
Redd’s Brandy creation even recalls the singer’s early days,
when she was topping the charts with “Baby” and starring in her own sitcom, Moesha.
WATCH: Brandy on the Legacy of 'Moesha' 20 Years Later
In January, the show celebrated the 20th anniversary of its
premiere on UPN and Brandy opened up to ETonline about its lasting legacy.
“I think for young black girls to grow up through her
journey and through her eyes and to see a young black girl with braids in her
hair, it leaves the legacy of possibility,” she said.
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While the show ended without a proper series finale, Norwood
is hopeful for a reunion or continuation a la Gilmore Girls or Full House,
now calledFuller House.
“Full House is
coming back, right? [A Netflix reboot] would be awesome,” she continues, ready
for the call to make it happen. “We could do like two episodes or something. I'm
ready to go!”
The popularity of the Barbie Brandy also comes in the wake of Mattel's official releases of Ava DuVernay and Zendaya versions.
it’s definitely time to have a Barbie like this,” 19-year-old Zendaya told
ET about her Barbie, which is modeled after her 2015 Oscars look. “It’s opening
doors for a lot of women, women of color, of all different backgrounds. I think
that’s really, really exciting.”