Celia Cruz’s legacy will never be forgotten as long as there are people who continue to share her story with the next generation.
On Wednesday, September 15, toy company Mattel unveiled a new Barbie doll in tribute to Cuba’s La Guarachera, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Barbie Celia is wearing a red tulle dress with gold embroidery. She wears an eye-catching rhinestone necklace and earrings, a platinum wig, and a microphone in her hand.
“There is nothing more powerful than using your voice! In Hispanic Heritage Month, Barbie is delighted to honor the memory of the inimitable salsa queen Celia Cruz with a one-of-a-kind doll, ”the company wrote on social media.
The note emphasizes that the legendary artist, also known as the “Latin triple threat”, was able to triumph in a musical environment dominated by men.
“His long and rich career is an endless source of inspiration for aspiring musicians,” adds the message. “Thanks to the Celia Cruz Foundation, her legacy continues to provide scholarships to young Latino students. “
The presentation of Barbie Celia was accompanied by another doll dedicated to the poet, novelist and essayist of Dominican origin, Julia Álvarez.
“To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Barbie is proud to announce two unique new designs, that of Cuban Celia Cruz, the queen of salsa, and Dominican-American author and activist Julia Lvarez,” it reads. in the message. “Through their legendary careers and courage in self-expression, these women continue to inspire generations of young Latinos to tell their stories with pride.”
During the past year, the legacy of La Guarachera del Mundo has received several accolades.
In October, a mural in his image was unveiled in Wynwood and in April another was unveiled on Calle Ocho in Miami, a few steps from his star on the Walk of Fame. Two months later, a street in the Bronx, New York, bears his name.
In July, the state of New Jersey paid tribute to the singer by giving her name to a freeway service station in Forked River in Ocean County.
“Celia is a symbol of Cuban and Latin culture. During her career, she was proudly Hispanic and was one of the greatest defenders, ”the star’s executor, Omer Pardillo, told el Nuevo Herald. “This is why it is important that new generations know and celebrate its heritage with pride. “