The original Black Barbie made her debut in 1980. Though beloved friends of Barbie – like Christie and Francie -- were introduced over the preceding decades, this was the first black fashion doll to be hailed as Barbie herself. She wore a stylish red dress and had her hair in a curly afro hairstyle; she sparked a new era of possibility for girls everywhere. To celebrate her ruby anniversary, 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie doll fittingly wears a flowing, red trumpet-styled gown with cut-away sleeves, inspired by her iconic outfit. Her hair is styled in a sophisticated up-do, a subtle nod to her original look. Finishing touches include golden hoop earrings, a necklace and a matching clutch. Now, like then, this anniversary doll captures the doll’s signature statement: “She’s black, she’s beautiful, she’s dynamite!” This collectible Barbie Signature doll comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. Doll cannot stand alone. Colors and decorations may vary.
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I love everything about this doll--the natural-textured hair, the Selma sculpt, lip color that complements the gown, the red shimmery gown with a thigh-high split, the gold-tone accessories. She's perfect! Mattel did not disappoint.