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Mattel Releases Barbie Doll Honoring Maya Angelou As Part Of Black History Month



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In celebration of Black History Month, Mattel has released a Barbie doll to honor the late Maya Angelou.

The doll dons a maxi floral print dress and a matching head wrap. It is also seen holding a book titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou’s famous literature.

The doll is part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series, which already consists of dolls modeled after influential female icons like Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Rosa Parks.

The figurine depicting the civil rights activist is available for preorder. The doll was also designed as part of Mattel’s commitment to the Black Community in 2020.

The company has ensured that black skin tones will be included in its lineup. Aside from its merchandise, it has also created content to highlight diversity and shine a light on racism.

“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.

“Diversity and inclusion must be the foundation of all that we do. We will continue to stand united in the fight against racism and dedicate resources to directly impact the Black community, such as funding through the Dream Gap Project Fund, to help remove barriers that prevent the next generation from reaching their full potential,” it continued.



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[via The Oprah Magazine, cover image via Mattel]

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