Maya Angelou Barbie Diorama

Maya Angelou Barbie Diorama (photos courtesy of Laila Johnson)

Made by and When: Laila Johnson, 2021

Description: Laila Johnson collects Barbies and creates dioramas for them. She began making doll dioramas because she wants her dolls to have their own space to reflect their personality.

Because Maya Angelou was a writer and poet, Johnson created a beautiful office space for the doll after conducting online research for images of Maya Angelou’s living space.

Bookshelf backdrop from the Maya Angelou Barbie Doll Diorama by Laila Johnson

The bookshelf, wall art, and framed diploma, scaled to size, are printed images. The desk is from a Gloria doll set that was spray painted gray to give it a vintage office desk appearance. Some Barbie miniatures and handmade items serve as desk and décor accessories. See different angles of this beautiful diorama in the gallery images below.



View the Maya Angelou Barbie’s museum installation page 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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