Gabby Douglas Barbie

Photograph courtesy of Telisa Spain

Name: Gabby Douglas Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2016

Material: Articulated vinyl

Marks: ©2016 Mattel (on head); FGC34 / K071 (on upper back in gold); ©2016 MATTEL / 1186 MJ. 1. NL. / MADE IN INDONESIA (on right buttock)

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair styled in a ponytail with crimped ends/brown painted eyes/smiling mouth with pink lips and painted teeth area

Clothes: White stars and stripes leotard; pink warm-up jacket has black sleeves, and black pants have a pink stripe on the side of the pants legs with the Nike swoosh on the front of one pants leg; white high-top sneakers.

Other: Designed by Carlyle Nuera, the doll is articulated, uses the Made to Move Barbie body and Gabby Douglas head sculpt; includes a doll stand and certificate of authenticity.

Mattel’s Description: When Gabby Douglas was just three years-old, her older sister showed her how to do a cartwheel. The little girl flipping around her house would later become the first woman of color to win the individual all-around competition for gymnastics. Her confidence, work ethic and belief in herself make her an extraordinary role model to girls. The Gabby Douglas Barbie® doll celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of this inspiring athlete and earns her role as a Barbie® “Shero” honoree, a female hero inspiring girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere.  She’s fully poseable in her signature stars and stripes leotard, and coordinating team warm up suit. Whether she is training at the gym or dazzling the crowd during competition, Gabby has earned her spot as a true “Shero!”

You know, God has a plan for me, and I’m going to follow in his footsteps and just rejoice and be happy. —Gabby Douglas


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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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