Ida B. Wells Barbie

Name: Ida B. Wells Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2021 Material: Vinyl with extra articulation at the elbows, wrists, and knees. Marks: (On the head) ©2011 Mattel; (on left buttocks in gold) HCE80; (right buttocks) ©2016 MATTEL / 1186 MJ, 1, NL / MADE IN INDONESIA Height: 11-1/2 inches on a Curvy Barbie bodyContinue reading “Ida B. Wells Barbie”

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 upContinue reading “Artsy the First Black Barbie Fashionista”

Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors 1960s to early-2000s

Name: Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors General Description: Mattel’s Barbie remains the most popular mainstream fashion doll to date. Because of the doll’s popularity, other 11-1/2 to 12-inch fashion dolls are often incorrectly referred to as Barbie. To piggyback on Mattel’s sales success with Barbie, throughout the years, other doll makers have created playscale-sizeContinue reading “Non-Barbie Fashion Dolls, Clones, and Competitors 1960s to early-2000s”

Ella Fitzgerald Barbie Diorama

Name: Ella Fitzgerald Diorama 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. Johnson built and designed this diorama especially for the Ella Fitzgerald Barbie. She made theContinue reading “Ella Fitzgerald Barbie Diorama”

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 createdContinue reading “Maya Angelou Barbie Diorama”