Katherine Johnson Barbie

Name: Katherine Johnson Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2017

Material: Articulated vinyl

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair with flipped up ends/light brown painted eyes/slightly smiling mouth with pink painted lips

Clothes: Short-sleeve pink dress has a pleated skirt, a white collar, white three-button placket, and black ribbon belt. Wears black-rimmed cat-eye glasses. Jewelry includes pearl stud earrings and a two-string pearl necklace. A spacecraft decal is on the lapel of one collar of the dress; wears a photo ID necklace and a pair of black ankle-strap high-heel shoes.

Other: From the Inspiring Women Series, uses the Mbili head sculpt fashioned after NASA mathematician (human computer) who calculated the trajectory of NASA’s first American-manned flight into space.

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”

—Katherine Johnson



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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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