The 'Rumours'-inspired doll is a "dream catcher," the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman tells PEOPLE
Gold Dust Woman, meet Barbie Girl.
Nicks' relationship with Barbie — like her love affair with music — is lifelong. Her mother gifted her the very first Barbie doll when she was just 11 years old.
The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman and fashion icon recalls wanting to “look just like” the doll but thinking, “I don't think that's in my future.”
“I hung out with her, but at the same time I was more of a baby doll girl. I loved really beautiful baby dolls,” Nicks tells PEOPLE, adding that her obsession outlasted childhood, and she continued collecting the dolls well into her Fleetwood Mac days.
“You would have thought I would have had 10 children because of how much I loved baby dolls,” she remarks.
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So when Mattel came knocking at her door with the blueprint for a Nicks-inspired doll, she was excited, but had some qualms. “You really just collected baby dolls, and your Barbie was way too beautiful for you to relate to,” she remembers thinking to herself.
But when she saw the final product, it was like every star had aligned.
“When I got her, it's like my whole world changed,” the hitmaker recalls, adding that she “just so fell in love with her.”
“She is really her own little feminist person at not even a foot tall,” she says. “She's strong and she's fierce and she's solid.”
To Nicks, the tambourine-carrying doll is more than just a mini-me — she’s a reflection of herself that holds all of the experiences she's "either forgotten or just put away."
“I see everything in her,” she says. “When I look at her, it's like she's my whole life from beginning to now. When I look at her, all the memories are all there."
“She's a dream catcher," Nicks adds. "She catches all the memories and dreams, holds them in her hands and shows them to you.”
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Speaking of the doll’s hands, the “Edge of Seventeen” singer is obsessed.
“Barbie's little hands are really a lot like my hands, and they're so delicate and so pretty. I was so surprised,” Nicks raves.
“Just the detail that Mattel puts into these dolls — I don't even want to say the word ‘doll’ — into these little people is just so specific and really beautiful,” she continues. “I have yet to meet whoever it was that actually designed her, and I can't wait to really meet that person so that I can just totally goob out about all these little details that I find so beautiful about her.”
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Absent from the Barbie are some of Nicks’ most recognizable accessories: intricate ponchos, towering top hats and — perhaps most iconic of all — her shawls.
Instead, the doll’s all-black ensemble was lifted right from the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s masterwork, Rumours.
The singer says she sent Mattel the original outfit — a dreamy velvet and silk chiffon frock with angel sleeves and a shredded hemline — straight from her “vault.” And, rather than the Rumours ballet shoes, she sent along a pair of boots made by famed shoemaker Pasquale di Fabrizio.
“I said, ‘If you can copy those boots, Mattel, and copy this outfit, we are home free,’” Nicks recalls.
With the final touches of her billowy blond bangs and iconic crescent moon pendant, the doll’s look quickly crystallized — and it’s about as Stevie as can be.
It is so Stevie, in fact, that it actually resembles the original stick figure the singer sketched of her now-iconic “uniform” for stylist Margi Kent ahead of her first Fleetwood Mac tour.
“I drew a stick girl in this little outfit. It was a little handkerchief skirt, little platform boots, sleeves that dropped almost to the ground and that was it,” Nicks says, adding that she knew from the first try-on the outfit was “never going to go out of style.”
“It's never going to get old,” she recalls thinking. “It's just going to get more beautiful and sophisticated … it's basically what I still wear now.”
Save for a Pinocchio-like twist, the only thing that could make the plastic likeness more Nicksian is the singer’s iconic croon.
And if the doll could play a song from Nicks’ legendary discography? “Well, it would be one of two,” she says — either “Landslide” or “Dreams.”
Along with “Rhiannon,” those two tracks are the “songs that are always played on stage."
“Whether it's Stevie Nicks and her solo career, or whether it's Fleetwood Mac, those three songs are never deleted from the set ever, no matter what,” she says. “Even if there's not time for that one last song, we just sneak it in.”
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