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Yes, this year's hottest Barbie doll might just turn out to be the one that finds Barbie showcasing a big surprise: she's a dude.
The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie will be available in December, and features Barbie in a blinged out dress with white fur, long blond hair and super sparkly shoes. Which is a normal Barbie outfit, except in this instance, Barbie is borrowing a famous runway look from Phillipe Blond -- one half of the designer team The Blonds -- who wore the look himself.
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"One of the great things about Barbie is that she continues to push the envelope" Cathy Cline, vice president of marketing in the United States for Mattel, told the New York Times. "Barbie doesn’t worry about what other people think."
As the Times points out, androgyny is a continuing trend in the fashion world, thanks in no small part to the success of male model Andrej Pejic.
The Blonds, who started their line in 2007, are Barbie fans who were invited to participate in the 50th anniversary celebrations for the doll in 2009, which led to this new collaboration.
The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie, which can be pre-ordered at BarbieCollector.com for $125, features Barbie in a sparkly corset dress designed by The Blonds and covered with faux jewels, a full-length, hot pink-lined faux fox fur, silver jewelry and glittery pumps.
Corsets are one of The Blonds' signature items, featuring in all their runway shows, and worn by celebs like Katy Perry, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj.
And though the Barbie they inspired may be a bit outside the box from Barbies' past, The Blonds say they hope the new doll will actually help their fashion line become more mainstream.
"A whole different audience, that’s always good for anyone’s business,” David Blond told the Times. "And that’s the direction we would like to produce -- things that are more accessible to more people. This is a step in the right direction."
David also points out that The Blonds' Barbie isn't exactly Phillipe, but that "the doll may loosely be based on Phillipe and this character that he plays within our little Blond world."
And the corset dress that comes right from the Blonds' 2008 fall runway show, and which cost a whopping $35,000.
Check out our slideshow of the The Blonds and the Barbie they inspired below:.