Dr. Maya Angelou Honored With Commemorative Barbie Doll

Renown poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou is being honored with her very own Barbie doll just in time for Black History Month.  

Barbie manufacturer Mattel announced the release of the doll as a part of the Inspiring Women collector series which was started in 2018. 

So far, the collection has honored nine change makers who blazed trails, and includes a doll in honor of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks and legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Dr. Angelou will be the tenth addition to the series. 

“Our efforts include a commitment to spotlight more Black role models who are female, and now, we are introducing a doll that honors 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 press release.

“Dr. Maya 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.” 

The doll is dressed in an ankle-level floral print dress and matching head scarf. It features a watch, earrings, bracelet, a golden ring, and a copy of Dr. Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

The doll is currently available for pre-order online

Photo: Mattel, Inc.

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