According to the designer, his love for dolls began when he received Sun Sensation™ Ken® for Christmas in 1991. From that day onward, Nuera pursued his doll design dreams. Nearly 20 years later, he reached a high point when Mattel hired him to design dolls and fashions in 2010.
For Mutya™ Barbie®, Nuera was determined to make a memorable splash into the world of The Barbie™ Collection. In Nuera's own words:
"Mutya" means pearl or beauty or muse; it's a girl’s name, and is also used in the titles of beauty pageants in the Philippines. Mutya™ Barbie® will have the Kira face sculpt; I know a lot of collectors have a lot of love and nostalgia for that face sculpt, as do I, since that was a face sculpt I grew up with!
“Her organza overdress is a take on the terno, with the unmistakeable butterfly sleeves. The organza's print references textiles of the different tribes in the Philippines, as well as the sun from the flag. The embroidery on the hem is inspired by the sampaguita, a jasmine flower that is the national flower of the Philippines."
Nuera accessorized his first Global Glamour™ doll with golden-tone earrings, necklace, and bracelet, and added a golden lace fabric fan for a final exotic touch.