HONOURED: The Dr Maya Angelou Barbie. | Picture: Martell
HONOURED: The Dr Maya Angelou Barbie. | Picture: Martell

Mattel unveils Barbie doll in honour of Dr Maya Angelou

By Gerry Cupido Time of article published Jan 15, 2021

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Growing up, most girls at some point in their lives dreamt about owning a Barbie Doll. The pretty blonde with her perfect figure and colourful fashion outfits.

But the Barbie Doll has come a long way from just a white, pretty blonde. Over the years Mattel has added Barbie dolls of different races to their collection.

In 2018, the company launched the “Inspired Women Series” which is dedicated to honouring historical and present-day role models who paved the way for generations of girls. The series includes women such as Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson, tennis player Billie Jean King and artist Frida Kahlo.

Now Mattel has revealed their latest honoree: Dr Maya Angelou.

The black doll is dressed in a long orange and black floral print dress with matching head wrap and bold gold accessories. An outfit which reflects the styles of Dr Angelou. The doll holds a replica of her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

"Our efforts include a commitment to spotlight more black role models who are female, and now, we are introducing a doll that honours Dr Maya Angelou, author and activist who used her voice and unique writing style to connect with people and inspire generations," Mattel said in a news release.

HONOURED: The legendary Dr Maya Angelou. Picture: PRNewsFoto/XM Satellite Radio

“Dr Angelou had a multi-hyphenated career and numerous awards and accolades, including over 50 honorary doctorates and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970, her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings continues to move readers around the world today.”

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