Vitamin C Unveils Doll, Works With Dallas Austin

Vitamin C, whose single "Graduation (Friends Forever)" became a staple at high school commencements this past spring, has now been immortalized as a plastic doll.

The former Eve's Plum frontwoman has teamed with Mattel Inc. for a new line of Vitamin C dolls that feature multicolored hair extensions based on the singer-actress' colorful style and appearance.

The dolls will arrive in stores nationwide over the next few weeks, and Vitamin C (real name Colleen Fitzpatrick) thinks that her miniature match accurately captures her whimsical, carefree nature.

"It's certainly flattering to have a doll created in your image that truly reflects your playfulness and personality," Vitamin C said in a statement heralding the new doll line. "Now, to have the opportunity to bring the persona of Vitamin C to life as a doll that fans can own is a dream come true."

Vitamin C also commented on the doll's colored curls, noting that "for me, hair is like

an accessory. I match it to the way I'm feeling."

The singer, whose success should have her feeling pretty well, is currently in the studio working on her second album, the follow-up to her 1999 self-titled effort that has sold over 631,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan.

Vitamin C has collaborated with producer Dallas Austin and songwriters Pam Shane (Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle") and Billy Steinberg (Madonna's "Like A Virgin") for the record, tentatively due out later this year.

Fitzpatrick, who had roles in such films as John Waters' "Hairspray," "The Mambo Kings," and "Higher Learning," has also spent part of her summer co-starring in a pair of movies.

The first flick, the vampire-themed "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula," is due out on December 21, while the second, "Getting Over Allison," which also features Sisqo (see "Sisqo Takes On 'Allison' For First Feature Film"),

is set for release on January 19, 2001.