Dream Chancellor Barbie: Mattel debuts Merkel doll

BERLIN (AP) - Barbie can add another dream job to her list -
Germany's first female head-of-state.
Toy company Mattel debuted the Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie
last week at an international toy fair in the southern city of
Nuremberg. It sports Merkel's signature strawberry-blond bob, an
elegant black pantsuit and low-heeled shoes.
"She's a role model for other women worldwide," said Mattel
spokeswoman Stephanie Wegener. "She represents what we can
achieve."
Merkel attended the fair's opening Wednesday and Wegener said
she approved of her miniature doppelganger - even though Barbie's
familiar face and figure do not exactly replicate her real-life
appearance.
"Creating a copy of someone is not the intention - we're not
Madame Tussauds," Wegener said. "It's just a lookalike doll
created to honor her."
The special-edition Barbie, part of Mattel's celebrations of the
ubiquitous doll's 50th birthday, is not for sale and will not go
into production. The company said it has not yet decided what to do
with it after the trade fair closes on Tuesday.
Merkel, 54, is up for re-election this year. The former
physicist topped Forbes magazine's 2008 list of the world's 100
most powerful women for the third consecutive year. Merkel also
made headlines last week for publicly chastising Pope Benedict XVI
over the rehabilitation of a bishop that sparked outrage because of
his denials of the Holocaust .


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