By Allen Voivod
Barbie® continues to pay tribute to incredible heroines of their time with the Inspiring Women™ doll series! Out latest honoree is writer, author, activist, and teacher Dr. Maya Angelou, whose numerous awards and accolades include over 50 honorary doctorates and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She’s a fitting addition to the Inspiring Women™ series, which began in 2018. Barbie® had so far celebrated nine courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. (Dolls for some of the previous honorees are still available in the online shop.) Dr. Angelou is now the tenth role model to join this collection.
A gripping account of overcoming adversity in her early life, Dr. Angelou’s 1970 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for the National Book Award and continues to move readers today. In 1993, she became the first African American and female poet to speak at a U.S. Presidential inauguration. It was a remarkable tribute to her literary legacy and brought worldwide attention to her body of work.
Sculpted to Dr. Angelou’s likeness, her Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Doll holds a miniature replica of her prolific autobiography, while wearing a head wrap and floor-length dress with floral print. Her additional accessories include a golden ring, bracelet, watch, and earrings. This collectible doll features a curvy body and articulation for endless posing possibilities and inspired displays.
Speaking of inspired displays, the Dr. Angelou doll will arrive in specially designed packaging if you prefer to display her while still inside the box. If you choose to display her out of the box, use the included doll stand to create your display! (She also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, like all Barbie® Signature dolls.)
The Dr. Angelou doll is part of our Black Label® series of dolls and will retail for $29.99 in the online shop. When she debuts, there will be a limit of two (2) dolls per person, so as many Barbie® and Inspiring Women™ series fans as possible can add her to their collections. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.)
We need more role models like Dr. Angelou, because imagining you can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that you can makes all the difference! So click over to the online shop now to get the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series Maya Angelou Doll for yourself, and get her for someone you want to inspire. Celebrate with us as we honor her extraordinary life and work!