30th Anniversary of Black Barbie

1980 was a big year for Barbie – that year, the first Black Barbie hit the shelves. Up until 1980, the others were Barbie’s friends… Christie and Julia to name a few.  For the first time, Barbie was really Black. Her pink box boasted the tagline, “She’s Black. She’s Beautiful. She’s Dynamite.”

Moja Barbie 2001

Moja (which means ‘one’ in Swahili), proudly wears multiple strands of ceremonial beads, signifying the African treasures with African designs printed on her hands and forearms. Finally, her extraordinary braids majestically celebrate her African heritage.

Mbili Barbie 2002

The magnificence of Africa is artfully reinvented in the innovative Treasures of Africa Collection, the impressive fashion series created by New York designer Byron Lars. The second doll in this collection was Mbili, which means ‘two’ in Swahali.

Pepper 2008

Look out! This fierce fashionista, part of the Chapeaux Collection by Byron Lars, is a force to be reckoned with.  From the couture coat, to the high-fashion necklace, every detail on this doll captures her exquisite essence.

Kimora Lee Simmons 2008

Created under the direction of Kimora Lee Simmons, a former model turned fashion/lifestyle entrepreneur, this doll epitomizes the Baby Phat founder and designer’s hip, street-glam flair!

Alvin Ailey 2009

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s premiere modern dance companies, the first-ever Barbie to be inspired by a dance company was born. Designed by Artistic Director Judith Jamison, this doll reflects the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and is dressed in a white lace costume worn in “Wade in the Water” from Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations.

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