Barbie Celebrates Black History Month With a Special Collection

Barbie Celebrates Black History Month With a Special Collection

By: Patricia Cordero -

Barbie launches a collection of dolls that mark the 40th anniversary of the first Black Barbie, just in time for Black History Month.

After dressing iconic celebrities such as Beyoncé, Solange, Issa Rae, and Lena Waithe, celebrity stylist Shiona Turini had the opportunity to dress none other than the most popular doll in the world: Barbie. This new collection, shared by Barbie Style on an Instagram post, celebrates two important things: the 40th anniversary of the first Black Barbie doll and Black History Month. 

The stylist collaborated as creative consultant with Barbie to develop a series that celebrates diversity through fashion.  

"It was important for me to reflect on Barbie as an icon through the lens of black culture during Black History Month. I drew inspiration from the first black Barbie seated in her all-red look. I incorporated her into the lineup with no alteration and built new looks with inspiration from an outfit ➡️ that makes me feel confident and empowered," said Shiona Turini. 



barbie shiona turiniShiona Turini, celebrity stylist.
This campaign is a four-part collection with more than twenty looks. The first one is inspired by the first Black Barbie, so all the dolls are wearing red dresses, just like the original, who is sitting in the middle, looking fabulous on her 40th anniversary

"Here she is, on her customized throne, surrounded by friends created and styled by me. I hope other young children, and adult Barbie lovers, are as excited to see themselves reflected in these dolls as I am," shared the designer on an Instagram post. 

The second collection features the dolls wearing dresses in vibrant colors that make them look gorgeous. And the other collections will feature the Barbies in fashionable outfits in different shades, such as elegant black and a very interesting choice of mauve and pink. 

These dolls are part of a series released by Barbie that celebrates representation with different body shapes and disabilities, making it inclusive for everyone. 

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The First Black Barbie Doll

Barbie decided to launch a Black version of the doll in 1980. Her face is similar to the white one, but this one wears a curly afro hairstyle and a stylish red dress. On that same year, Barbie released a Hispanic version of the doll too. 

first black barbie doll 1980

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The 40th Anniversary of the First Black Barbie Doll

This new version, which celebrates the one released in 1980, is pretty similar, but it's a little more modern. The doll also wears a sparkling red dress and has her hair in a curly afro hairstyle as the original look. She also wears golden hoop earrings, a necklace, and a matching clutch. And as the doll's statement says: "She's black, she's beautiful, she's dynamite!"

black barbie 40th anniversary doll

And she will be an iconic doll in every Barbie fan collection.