Ella Fitzgerald Barbie

Name: Ella Fitzgerald Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2019

Material: Articulated vinyl

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair in an elegant upswept style with bangs/brown painted eyes, painted eyelashes/slightly parted wine painted lips

Clothes: Purple full-length gown has silver shimmery accents and purple tulle at the collar and sleeves.  A white broach accents the dress and matches the white stud earrings; wears purple square-toe mules.

Other: From the Inspiring Women Series, designed by Carlyle Nuera, this doll uses the Pazette head sculpt and Curvy Collector body fashioned as a portrait doll of jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald who was made her singing debut at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Fitzgerald was dubbed “The First Lady of Song.” Included are a microphone, doll stand, and certificate of authenticity.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”


Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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