Mattel Honors the Late Dr. Maya Angelou in New Special Collector's Edition Doll
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Mattel Honors the Late Dr. Maya Angelou in New Special Collector's Edition Doll

You can now have a piece of Dr. Maya Angelou within your home in a new collector’s edition doll.

According to Blavity, Mattel is honoring the literary icon with her very own Barbie doll as a part of its “Inspiring Women Series” which also features civil rights icon Rosa Parks and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

 

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Sporting a patterned dress coupled with one of her signature headwraps, the doll depicts the late Dr. Angelou who passed away in 2014. The doll even includes her holding a mini replica of her autobiography, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”

“[The] Maya Angelou Barbie doll is being presented to honor the history and the impact of Dr. Maya Angelou’s activism, work, and achievements,” said the toy manufacturer, according to Blavity. “With displayable packaging, this celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life and work makes a great gift for Barbie collectors.”

Dr. Angelou made history as the first Black American and female poet to ever speak at a presidential inauguration when she recited “On the Pulse of Morning,” during President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration on Jan. 20, 1993, reports Blavity.

Over the course of her life, she received over 50 honorary doctorate degrees, was a prolific teacher, writer, author, and activist. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President Barack Obama.

The “Inspiring Women Series” is on a mission to pay homage 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.”