Ava DuVernay doll sells out within minutes of going on sale
A doll of Hollywood filmmaker Ava DuVernay sold out within minutes of going on sale.
The 'Selma' director was chosen in April by Mattel as one of six inspirational women in the entertainment industry to create a one-of-a-kind doll of, and after going on sale early yesterday morning (07.12.15), the striking-looking figure was gone from shop shelves within minutes.
The 43-year-old filmmaker - who confirmed all proceeds would be donated to Witness and Color of Change charities - wrote on Twitter: "Sold out on Barbie collection, I'm told. More available at Amazon. What the hell is going on?"
Earlier this year, meanwhile, Ava admitted she did not expect to receive a Best Director Oscar nomination for her work on 'Selma', despite the movie being a critical success.
She asked: "There has been no precedent for a black woman to be nominated for best director, so why was it going to change with me?"
However, she felt "hurt" that David Oyelowo had not been nominated for an Oscar following his portrayal of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
Ava said: "I was hurt by the fact that David wasn't nominated because I know what it took to get that performance."