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”

Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie

Name: Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, ©2019, released in 2020 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth/Other: Black synthetic fibers were used for the hair that is styled in four sections of microbraids/brown painted eyes with blue eyeshadow and painted upper eyelashes/closed mouth with dark lip color/painted blue fingernails. Clothes: DressedContinue reading “Jean-Michel Basquiat X Barbie”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie

Name: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie and Diorama Made by and When: Mattel, 2008 Material: Multiarticulated vinyl Marks: TM/©2001/MATTEL, INC. (on the head), 2798 (on left side of lower back), ©2006 Mattel, Inc./INDONESIA (on right buttock) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Rooted black hair pulled up to form a short Afro puff/brown paintedContinue reading “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie”

AKA Centennial Barbie

Name: AKA Centennial Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2008 (designed by Stacey McBride-Irby) Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Brown rooted upswept hairdo with sideswept bangs/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Sleeveless salmon pink gown has gold trim crisscrossing the bodice and around the waist. Apple green diamond-shaped fabric centers the bodice and flows downContinue reading “AKA Centennial Barbie”

Byron Lars In the Limelight Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Telisa Spain Name: In the Limelight Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 1997 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black rooted hair styled up in an array of curls, brown painted eyes, closed smiling mouth Clothes: This doll wears a velvety gown of rich chocolate brown that is boldly accentedContinue reading “Byron Lars In the Limelight Barbie”

Magic Curl Barbie

Name: Magic Curl Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 1981 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown curly hair that can be “straightened”/brown painted eyes/slightly parted lips Clothes: Yellow full-length dress with puffed sleeves and sash, white hair ribbon, yellow towel wrap, high-heel mules, (one each) small and large comb and brush, two barrettes,Continue reading “Magic Curl Barbie”

Sho’ White Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Sumner Name: Sho’ White Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, designed by Stephen Sumner in 2007 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Designer’s Description: Sho’ White is wearing a ruffled collared top with sheer puffed sleeves layered under a satin bustier.  Over this is worn a mesh floral tank top with goldContinue reading “Sho’ White Barbie”

‘Her Minajesty’ Nicki Minaj Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Sumner Name: ‘Her Minajesty,’ Nicki Minaj Barbie, a one-of-a-kind Made by and When: Mattel, designed by Stephen Sumner in 2011 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Pink straight hair with bangs/brown painted eyes/smiling mouth with painted teeth Designer’s Description: Created as a one-of-a-kind, the Nicki Minaj doll, ‘Her Minajesty,’ is wearingContinue reading “‘Her Minajesty’ Nicki Minaj Barbie”