Stevie Nicks, often hailed as an ethereal rock goddess and the high priestess of magical mystery lore, has achieved another milestone in her illustrious career—becoming a Barbie. On Monday, Mattel is set to unveil a Barbie Music Collector doll inspired by Nicks, offering fans a miniature version of the iconic artist. Priced at $55, this doll captures the essence of Nick during her “Rumours” era, complete with a flowing black dress, cape, platform-heel boots, and a tambourine adorned with streamers. In a candid conversation, Stevie Nicks shares her excitement about being immortalized as a Barbie, her creative input into the doll’s design, and her emotional reactions to the recent “Barbie” movie.
Barbie Dreams Come True
When Stevie Nicks learned that Mattel wanted to create a Barbie doll in her likeness, she was transported back to her childhood. She vividly recalls the allure of Barbies when they first debuted in 1959 and how her mother bought her one. Her appreciation for dolls and collecting them led her to appreciate the idea of having her own Barbie doll, even though she acknowledges it as an unlikely dream come true.
The Creative Process
Mattel provided Stevie Nicks with a significant degree of creative input into Barbie’s design, and she enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. She collaborated closely with the toy company, even sending her original “Rumours” outfit for reference. Nicks was determined to ensure that every detail, from the clothing to her signature gaze, was faithfully captured in the doll.
The Origin of Iconic Attire
The iconic black outfit that Barbie replicates originated in 1973, when Stevie Nicks saw a woman wearing it in Santa Monica. The outfit featured a blushy pink handkerchief skirt and a distinctive Gibson Girl hairstyle. Inspired by this chance encounter, Nicks envisioned herself in that attire. When she later joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, she sought to recreate the look, working with designer Margi Kent to make it a reality. Nick’s dedication to her fashion style and its evolution over the years has been a defining aspect of her persona.
Stevie’s Signature Style
Stevie Nicks’ sense of fashion extends beyond the stage, even in her daily life. She describes her street clothes as having a unique flair and typically adorned with crystal rhinestones. Her fashion choices are a reflection of her artistic persona, and she prefers to maintain a certain level of sophistication and elegance, even when going out casually.
Stevie’s Take on the “Barbie” Movie
Stevie Nicks thoroughly enjoyed the “Barbie” movie, despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic preventing her from attending a public theater. Instead, she rented a theater for her band and crew. Watching the film alongside guitarist Waddy Wachtel, a longtime friend, they both shared emotional moments throughout the movie, laughing and shedding tears together. Nicks appreciated the movie’s portrayal of Barbie’s struggles and her journey towards becoming a real person.
Stevie Nicks Soulmate Doll
For Stevie Nicks, the Barbie doll bearing her likeness is not just a collectible; it holds a special place in her heart. She sees the doll as a representation of her soul, a cherished item that embodies her essence. To Nicks, this Barbie is more than just a plastic figurine; it’s a reflection of her iconic presence.
Honoring Christine McVie
During a recent concert, Stevie Nicks dedicated the song “Landslide” to her fellow Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie. Their deep connection and McVie’s recent departure have made singing the song an emotional experience. Nicks, however, believes that continuing to perform it is a way to keep McVie’s memory alive and engage with the audience. She acknowledges the unique bond they shared in the band and finds solace in singing about it, noting that McVie will always be a part of her heart and music.
In this intimate conversation, Stevie Nicks shares her joy at being immortalized as a Barbie, reflecting on her iconic fashion choices, her appreciation for the “Barbie” movie, and the enduring presence of Christine McVie in her heart and music. The Barbie Music Collector doll stands as a testament to Nicks’s legendary status in the world of music and pop culture.