Mattel Reveals New Dr. Maya Angelou Barbie Doll
The latest diversity initiatives from Mattel Inc. signal a shift from the company's traditional dolls.
January 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm
The figure of the iconic author, which is now available at Target, Amazon and on the Barbie website, features Angelou -- who passed away in 2014 -- in a floor-length dress and donning one of her signature head wraps. It also comes with a mini replica of her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
"Maya Angelou Barbie doll is being presented to honor the history and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou's activism, work and achievements," the toymaker, Mattel, stated. "Barbie sculpted to her likeness and dressed in a head wrap and dress with floral print, Maya Angelou Barbie doll features a curvy body and articulation for endless posing possibilities."
Angelou is remembered as a writer, author, activist and teacher who received numerous awards and accolades, including over 50 honorary doctorates, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a National Book Award nomination for her 1970 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. As one of her many groundbreaking moments, the world-renowned writer made history in 1993, becoming the first Black American and female poet to speak at a U.S. Presidential inauguration. She died when she was 86.
"With displayable packaging, this celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life and work makes a great gift for Barbie collectors," the company stated.
The other women who are featured in the series include Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald, Florence Nightingale and Susan B. Anthony, according to Romper.
"Barbie recognizes all female role models," the company stated. "The Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before."
Barbie has also launched another initiative known as the Barbie Dream Gap Project, which aims “to support girls in reaching their limitless potential through research, curriculum, programming, and funding."