I’ve loved the movie Grease 2 since I was a child. It doesn’t have the best reputation, but I’ve always thought it superior to the original. (Blasphemy to some, I know). I had to try and capture the coolest of the cool, the leader of the Pink Ladies, Stephanie Zinone in Barbie form.
Michelle Pfeiffer gives it her all in this movie, and she’s fantastic. She elevates her character into such an icon of Cool. She’s the most popular girl at Rydell, yet she still takes the time to console the new kid who runs afoul of the “T” Birds on the first day of school. She follows her own mind. She knows what she wants and won’t settle for less. She won’t relinquish her position (or jacket) as head Pink Lady, despite breaking up with Johnny, the #1 “T” Bird. And she’s just as impressed with Michael’s intellect as she is his alter ego’s motorcycle skills. Stephanie knows who she is and doesn’t try, care, or pretend to be anyone else.
I chose to do her “Cool Rider” outfit. It’s hailed as the best song in the movie, and it’s one of my personal faves from the film. It doesn’t hurt that all-black ensembles look really cool.
Luckily Mattel made a doll with a Pink Ladies jacket. So I just had to personalize it with Stephanie’s name.
Can you recite the Pink Ladies Pledge?
I didn’t know until researching this costume in order to customize this doll that Stephanie wore a motorcycle pendant on her necklace. I painted a floating motorcycle charm gold. I love how her black bangle bracelets complement her gold jewelry.
I made her earrings. The gold hoops are kinda feisty like their wearer.
I’ve always seen these boots while searching for items for other custom doll projects. I think they look so cool! I was happy I had a doll they were perfect for.
Above is my attempt to recreate one of the best shots of the movie, during “Cool Rider.”
Steph showing off her Pink Ladies jacket. Too bad it’s not reversible black! (Interestingly, it did look reversible black in the prototype photo.)
I love that Stephanie isn’t a bitchy “cool girl” or a trying-to-be-cool “cool girl.” She’s cool in her bones because she’s completely herself and unafraid to be. Think Pink!