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: (Head) TFM / ©2010; (doll’s left side of torso) The / MICHELLE / OBAMA/ DOLL / ©TFM NO. 0264 / 9900 (264 and 9900 are handwritten with a marker).

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, and black low-heeled pumps

Other: As the wife of the first African American President of the United States, Michelle Obama was the first African American First Lady of the United States from 2009 through January 2017. Other 16-inch porcelain and vinyl portrait dolls of former First Lady Michelle Obama were made by different companies (e.g. Ashton Drake and Danbury Mint). This version seemed to be more desirable to discriminating collectors. A personalized doll stand and certificate of authenticity were included.

“We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.”

― Michelle Obama

See the museum’s installation of Danbury Mint’s Michelle Obama Dress-Up Doll here.


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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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