Mattel has just released a Barbie Signature doll celebrating its first-ever Black Barbie. Sure, the brand has released Black dolls since at least 1959, but they were all just friends of Barbie, like Christie and Francie.
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It wasn’t until 1980, that one was released that was actually named Barbie. According to the tagline, she was “Black, beautiful and dynamite!” And, it was designed by a Black woman: Kitty Black Perkins.
In tribute of her 40th anniversary, the doll has gotten a modern upgrade to her classic look.
The collectible doll serves all sorts of red carpet vibes. Her coily afro is pulled up into a puffed updo and she is draped in a shimmery ruby red gown with cut-away sleeves and golden hoop earrings, necklace, and clutch. Yaasss! This is grown-woman Barbie and we are here for this entire upgrade!