Brains and Beauty Malia and Khari

Name: Malia and Khari Made by and When: Brains and Beauty Dolls; released in 2017 and 2018, respectively Material: Artist-doll-type vinyl heads, arms, legs, and breastplates; their cloth mid torsos house their removable voice boxes in a zippered back section. Malia has a medium brown complexion; Khari’s complexion is lighter. Marks: Brains Beauty (on theContinue reading “Brains and Beauty Malia and Khari”

Here Comes Niya

Name: Here Comes Niya Made by and When: HCN Enterprises, Inc./1990 (released on February 1, 1991) Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; white cloth body with voice box Marks: NIYA 1990 (on head) Height: 24 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair styled in two side ponytails with a spiral curl on the forehead/brown painted eyes/smiling mouthContinue reading “Here Comes Niya”

Big Beautiful Doll Dasia

Name: Dasia Made by and When: Big Beautiful Dolls, Inc.; 2001 Material: Vinyl Marks: ©BIG BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS INC. 2000 (on the head); Big/Beautiful/Dolls/Inc./©2001 (on the back) Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair in a curly updo style/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Wears a black velour strapless gown, a sheer black nylon jacket (full-length in theContinue reading “Big Beautiful Doll Dasia”

Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose

Name: Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose Made by and When: Wyatt Hicks, 2015 Material: Sculpey, cloth, and wire Height: 6 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: No hair/faceless Clothes: Yellow knit dresses and floppy hats Other: Posable praise dancers, inspired by an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance, completely hand made in a limited edition; clothing and hatContinue reading “Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose”

American Girl Gabriela McBride 2017 Doll of the Year

Name: Gabriela McBride Made by and When: Pleasant Company, 2017 Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; cloth body Height: 18 inches (and 6-1/2 inches) Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Long, curly brown hair/brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth Clothes: Gabriela wears a cropped purple sweater with silver dream graphic and soft turquoise tank top; a fitted pairContinue reading “American Girl Gabriela McBride 2017 Doll of the Year”

American Girl Melody Ellison

Name: Melody Ellison Made by and When: American Girl, 2016 Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; cloth body Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black shoulder-length wig with bangs and flipped ends/brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth Clothes: Wears yellow and turquoise houndstooth, sleeveless dress with turquoise collar, turquoise bow underneath the collar and oneContinue reading “American Girl Melody Ellison”

American Girl Cécile Rey

Name: Cécile Rey Made by and When: American Girl, 2011 Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; cloth body Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown wig with spiral curls accented with two white ribbons on the sides/ hazel sleep eyes/open mouth with two upper teeth Clothes: Turquoise satin-like dress trimmed in black velvet with white V-shapedContinue reading “American Girl Cécile Rey”

Maya Angelou Barbie

Name: Maya Angelou Barbie Made by and When: Mattel (designed by Carlyle Nuera) ©2020, released in January 2021 Material: Vinyl Marks: ©2020 Mattel (on the head); GXF45/N491 (in gold letters on left buttock); ©2016 MATTEL/1186 MJ, 1, NL/MADE IN INDONESIA (on right buttock) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short rooted curly hair underneath a floral-print headwrapContinue reading “Maya Angelou Barbie”

American Girl Addy 1864

Photographs courtesy of Alisa Williams Name: Addy Walker 1864 Made by and When: Pleasant Company, 1993 Material: Vinyl with brown cloth body Marks: ©PLEASANT COMPANY/148/16 Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown textured Kanekalon wig styled in a loose French braid/dark brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth Clothes: Original pink striped “Meet Dress,” whiteContinue reading “American Girl Addy 1864”

The Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll

Name: Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll Made by and When: The Franklin Mint, 2010 Material: Vinyl Marks: TFM/©2010 Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black shoulder-length wig with half bangs/brown painted eyes/smiling mouth with separately painted teeth Clothes: Short-sleeved black sheath with zippered back closure, two-strand pearl necklace, pearl stud earrings, gold-tone wrist watch, andContinue reading “The Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll”