Mattel Unveils a Maya Angelou Barbie Doll for Their ‘Inspiring Women’ Series

Maya Angelou Barbie Doll

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As part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women doll series, Mattel has just released a doll in honor of world-renowned poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou. Since the series began in 2018, Angelou is now the 10th honoree to join the collection. Her doll stands among the ranks of nine other female role models, in the likenesses of amazing women such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frida Kahlo, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks.

“The Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before,” the company states. “[The] Maya Angelou Barbie doll is being presented to honor the history and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou's activism, work, and achievements.”

Sculpted in Angelou’s likeness, the doll wears a floor-length floral patterned dress and matching headwrap—one of the late author’s signature looks. It also holds a miniature replica of her best-selling autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. This beautiful collector’s edition doll is the latest in a series of efforts by the Barbie franchise to honor female role models and include a wide variety of diversity in their toy lineup.

The Maya Angelou doll is available for purchase on the Barbie website and from other retailers, such as Amazon and Target—though it is currently sold out (as of publication) due to popular demand.

Mattel just released a Maya Angelou Barbie doll as part of the franchise's Inspiring Women series!

Maya Angelou Barbie Doll

Maya Angelou Doll Closeup

Maya Angelou Doll Sitting

Maya Angelou Barbie Doll Miniature Autobiography

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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