Bessie Coleman Barbie

Name:  Bessie Coleman Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2022

Material: Vinyl

Marks (courtesy of Cassiopeia Onyx): (Head*) ©2001 / Mattel; (Lower Back) Genuine / Barbie® / ©2015 Mattel / 1186 MJ, 1, NL / Made in Indonesia / (in gold letters) HJX37 / R431

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Curled under, black rooted hair; brown painted eyes, smiling mouth with painted teeth area

Head Sculpt: Desiree/Adria

Clothes: Army green aviator’s suit, black belt, black knee-high mock lace-up boots, and a brown vinyl cap that has an aviator insignia and the initials BC

Other: *The head mark is somewhat smeared but appears to be as described above.

From the Barbie Signature Collection of the Inspiring Women Series, this doll represents Bessie Coleman who became the first African American/Native American woman to earn an international aviator license at age 23 in 1921. The license was earned in France because Coleman was prohibited from attending aviation school in America solely because of her skin color. Her determination helped her fulfill her goal despite the odds she faced in America.

I made up my mind to try. I tried and was successful.— Bessie Coleman



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