Still I Rise!
Mattel Inc. maker of beloved doll, Barbie is honouring the great legacy of world renowned American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou.
With impacts spread across activism and the arts as well as outstanding achievements to show, Mattel decided to honor Dr. Maya Angelou with her own Barbie doll as part of the Inspiring Women Series.
Mattel in a press release wrote,
“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.
Dr. Maya Angelou had a multi-hyphenated career and numerous awards and accolades, including over 50 honorary doctorates and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” continues to move readers around the world today.”
Other dolls in the Inspiring Women series include aviator Amelia Earhart, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, astronaut Sally Ride, tennis legend Billie Jean King, celebrated jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale and suffragette Susan B. Anthony.
The doll adorned in an African inspired floor-length dress and a matching head wrap, models Angelou’s style in real life. She is also spotted holding a copy of her legendary autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. The doll is currently available at Amazon, Target, and on the Mattel website.
“The Maya Angelou Barbie doll is being presented to honor the history and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou’s activism, work, and achievements,” Mattel said in the doll’s description. “Barbie sculpted to her likeness and dressed in a head wrap and dress with floral print, Maya Angelou Barbie doll features a curvy body and articulation for endless posing possibilities.”
Maya Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degree
She died on May 28, 2014.
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