Artsy the First Black Barbie Fashionista

Name: Barbie Fashionista Artsy

Made by and When: Mattel, 2009

Material: Posable vinyl

Marks: (Head) TM / 0 2001/MATTEL, INC / ©2009 MATTEL INC / CHINA / 2199HF

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Auburn rooted hair with one spiral curl on the front right side and the top of the hair is pulled up in a ponytail. The rest of the hair in the back hangs loose. Artsy has hazel painted eyes and a smiling mouth with painted teeth area.

Clothes: Pink dress is belted at the hips with a brown belt, holds a vinyl pink-trimmed brown hobo-style shoulder bag; wears a silver-tone faux two-strand necklace and faux pendant, knee-length brown boots with pink soles.

Other: Released in October 2009, product number R9883, Artsy is the first brown-skinned doll in Mattel’s Fashionistas Barbie collection. The first-seven dolls have 12-points of articulation capable of holding 100 poses (see some of the poses in the gallery photos). This doll uses the Desiree head sculpt. All seven original Fashionistas have a different theme or personality trait. This doll is the artist of the group. See the seven first Barbie Fashionista dolls here. Since 2009, Mattel has released annual Fashionista Barbies and Kens. The majority of the subsequent Fashionistas are nonarticulated.  


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Read more about Artsy here.


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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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