Maya Angelou Barbie

Name: Maya Angelou Barbie Made by and When: Mattel (designed by Carlyle Nuera) ©2020, released in January 2021 Material: Vinyl Marks: ©2020 Mattel (on the head); GXF45/N491 (in gold letters on left buttock); ©2016 MATTEL / 1186 MJ, 1, NL / MADE IN INDONESIA (on right buttock) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short rooted curly hairContinue reading “Maya Angelou Barbie”

American Girl Addy 1864

Photographs courtesy of Alisa Williams Name: Addy Walker 1864 Made by and When: Pleasant Company, 1993 Material: Vinyl with brown cloth body Marks: ©PLEASANT COMPANY /148 / 16 Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown textured Kanekalon wig styled in a loose French braid/dark brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth Clothes: Original pink stripedContinue reading “American Girl Addy 1864”

The Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll

Name: Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll Made by and When: The Franklin Mint, 2010 Material: Vinyl Marks: (Head) TFM / ©2010; (doll’s left side of torso) The / MICHELLE / OBAMA/ DOLL / ©TFM NO. 0264 / 9900 (264 and 9900 are handwritten with a marker). Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black shoulder-length wigContinue reading “The Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait Doll”

Beatrice

Name: Beatrice Made by and When: Judy Kapron, 2019 Material: Gessoed and painted cloth Marks: Jude Kapron/2019 (on back) Height: 19 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Natural-textured wig styled in multiple braids with pink ribbon accents/brown painted eyes/closed mouth with painted pale pink lips Clothes: Sheer white dress with pink ribbon accents on the bodice, a white slip,Continue reading “Beatrice”

Celley or Calley

Name: Celley or Calley (handwritten on doll’s neck) Made by and When: Barbara J. Larsen (a.k.a. Barbara Larsen), 1992 Material: Painted and gessoed cloth face, sturdily-stuffed brown cloth body, arms, and legs Marks: (Signed by the artist on the neck) Barb Larsen / 1992 / Celley / 11/16/92. [Celley could be Calley; the handwriting isContinue reading “Celley or Calley”

Creatable World Doll

Name: Creatable World Deluxe Character Kit #dc-319 Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 (released to market) Material: All vinyl with extra articulation at elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles Marks: ©2018 Mattel (on head); ©2018 MATTEL/1186 MJ. 1. NL/MADE IN CHINA Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Wears white jersey-knit undershirtContinue reading “Creatable World Doll”

Ava DuVernay Barbie

Name: Ava DuVernay Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Multiple rooted twists/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Black turtleneck, blue jeans, red and white sneakers, copper charm bracelet and faux wood bangle Other: Designed by Linda Kyaw, uses the Mbili head sculpt fashioned after writer, film director/producer AvaContinue reading “Ava DuVernay Barbie”

Misty Copeland Barbie

Name: Misty Copeland Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 (released in 2016) Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Brown rooted hair styled up in a bun/brown painted eyes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: Red bodysuit with sunburst orange tulle cutouts; layers of red and orange tulle create a red tail, tulle headContinue reading “Misty Copeland Barbie”

Katherine Johnson Barbie

Name: Katherine Johnson Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2017 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair with flipped up ends/light brown painted eyes/slightly smiling mouth with pink painted lips Clothes: Short-sleeve pink dress has a pleated skirt, a white collar, white three-button placket, and black ribbon belt. Wears black-rimmed cat-eye glasses.Continue reading “Katherine Johnson Barbie”

Rosa Parks Barbie

Name: Rosa Parks Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair styled in a low ponytail with ends tucked under/painted brown eyes/smiling mouth with painted teeth area Clothes: Black pillbox hat has a faux white flower on the right front; a tan and white floral-print sleevelessContinue reading “Rosa Parks Barbie”