Yara Shahidi Barbie

Name: Yara Shahidi Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2020 Material: Vinyl, Made to Move Petite body Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black curly textured hair/brown painted eyes and eyelashes/smiling mouth with painted teeth Clothes: Yara Shahidi Barbie wears a gray tweed-ish pants suit, white tee with VOTE printed on the front, and white high-top sneakers.Continue reading “Yara Shahidi Barbie”

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”

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”

Ella Fitzgerald Barbie

Name: Ella Fitzgerald Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair in an elegant upswept style with bangs/brown painted eyes, painted eyelashes/slightly parted wine painted lips Clothes: Purple full-length gown has silver shimmery accents and purple tulle at the collar and sleeves.  A white broach accentsContinue reading “Ella Fitzgerald Barbie”

Gabby Douglas Barbie

Photograph courtesy of Telisa Spain Name: Gabby Douglas Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2016 Material: Articulated vinyl Marks: ©2016 Mattel (on head); FGC34 / K071 (on upper back in gold); ©2016 MATTEL / 1186 MJ. 1. NL. / MADE IN INDONESIA (on right buttock) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair styled in aContinue reading “Gabby Douglas Barbie”

40th Anniversary First Black Barbie

Name: 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 copyright, released in February 2020 Material: Vinyl Marks: Unknown (doll is still boxed) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black upswept Afro puff/brown painted/full red lips Clothes: Shimmery red flowing, trumpet-style gown with cut-away sleeves and side split, red high-heel shoes, bold gold necklace inspiredContinue reading “40th Anniversary First Black Barbie”

1980 Black Barbie Reproduction

Name: My Favorite Barbie 1980 Black Barbie Reproduction Made by and When: Mattel, 2009 (released in 2010) Material: Vinyl Marks: Unknown (doll remains attached to box liner) Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black Afro/brown painted eyes/red painted pursed lips Clothes: Red two-piece shimmery top and skirt. The skirt is longer than the first Black Barbie’s skirt.Continue reading “1980 Black Barbie Reproduction”