- According to Sunday World, Yvonne Chaka Chaka was the first choice for Barbie's first doll to be made in an African woman's image
- Yvonne Chaka Chaka declined the offer twice as she was not happy with the design of the doll
- The singer claimed the doll was made to be darker and did not have any of her features
Media reports have concluded that songstress Lira may have not been the first choice to be the first African woman to have a Barbie doll created in her image.
According to ZAlebs, Sunday World reported that the makers of Barbie only honoured Lira after renowned Mzansi singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, declined their offer, not once but twice.
It is believed the dolls looked like the original, except darker and didn’t have any of Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s features.
“They showed me the doll and I told them that I’m not up for it if the said dolls will look nothing like me. This is simply because I was promised something that will look exactly like me. I respect myself that much,” Yvonne Chaka Chaka told the publication.
The singer added that the second attempt of the doll design was just as bad, and then the company ignored her.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka explained that she did not want to look desperate for this “once-off Barbie doll”, but admitted that she loved the idea behind it.
“I was much in love with the idea that Barbie can be anything, like an astronaut or musician. I did not appreciate that they wanted to use my name on what looked nothing like me,” said the singer.
The dolls were created in celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary. Yvonne Chaka Chaka was supposed to have been honoured with the doll created in her image on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations, but after she declined them twice, the company found another African woman who is also an inspiration.
Lira is among many other fierce women who have been honoured globally.
Just over three weeks ago, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa had paid tribute to one of its favourite sons, musician, Johnny Clegg. Mzansi icon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, also joined in and remembered someone who was different and who will be sorely missed.
It had been a sad time in the music industry since news broke that one of SA's greats, Johnny Clegg, as passed away. He was a multi-talented renaissance man who boasted many hits from throughout his extensive 40-year music career.
Music icon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, had joined in on paying tribute to Johnny and shared a clip on social media, saying she hopes his soul rests in peace.
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