AKA Centennial Barbie

Name: AKA Centennial Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2008 (designed by Stacey McBride-Irby)

Material: Vinyl

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Brown rooted upswept hairdo with sideswept bangs/brown painted eyes/closed mouth

Clothes: Sleeveless salmon pink gown has gold trim crisscrossing the bodice and around the waist. Apple green diamond-shaped fabric centers the bodice and flows down the center of the skirt, which is short in the middle and drapes to the floor on the sides and around to the back. Pink jewel-embellished high-heel sandals, sparkly earrings, and a bracelet complete the doll’s elegant look.

Other: In tribute to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 100th anniversary, Mattel presented collectors with the AKA Centennial Barbie which was sanctioned by the AKA organization. The doll uses the Mbili head sculpt. The back of the doll’s box reads, “Alpha Kappa Alpha made history in 1908 when it was founded as the first sorority for Black women. In the following century, AKA has led social action initiatives and advocacy programs that have touched countless lives. Their overriding qualities of Energy, Sincerity, and Passion continue to empower this great Sisterhood to greater service, justice, and social good. In commemoration of a 100-year legacy of sisterhood and service, AKA Centennial Barbie doll celebrates all the women of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.” The doll was released on 08/14/2008.

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