On January 14, Mattel revealed the Maya Angelou Barbie for Black History Month and as a part of their Inspiring Woman series, which pays tribute to notable role models who encourage young people to dream big.
The new Barbie wears a floral print floor-length dress and a matching head wrap. She also proudly holds her most famous piece of literature I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
@Mattel launches a Dr. Maya Angelou Barbie to honor the legendary author and civil rights activist. Love the doll's accessory: a copy of Dr. Angelou's book 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'. Inspirational, no? #diversityrules #representationmatters pic.twitter.com/HeU3d423gl— Janice Deul (@JaniceDeul) January 15, 2021
Mattel said in a statement, “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.”
The company continued, “Barbie knows that kids early childhood experiences shape what they imagine to be possible, so it’s important that all girls not only see themselves reflected in product and content, but also see inspiring role models who have come before them.”
“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.”
Other women featured in Mattel’s Inspiring Women series are painter Frida Kahlo, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, American aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart, woman’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony and many more.
The doll of the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is available for preorder now.