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Here Are 4 African American Barbie Dolls that Broke Barriers
Fusion ^ | 19 Feb 14 | Zara Stone

Posted on 02/20/2014 9:02:11 AM PST by SkyPilot

Barbie gets a lot of heat nowadays. People shout at her for her figure. They complain about her plastic perfectness and general lack of realism. But they forget just how pivotal Barbie has been in helping challenge barriers in society. For example, the first African American President Barbie was released in 1992 - 16 years before Barack Obama took office.

In 1992 Barbie released the Barbie for President African American doll. It took the United States another 16 years to elect one... a male one. Yay, Barbie, setting out good messages everywhere!

In 1988 Dr. Mae Jemison completed astronaut training, as the first female African American astronaut for NASA. But Barbie was three years ahead of her with their African American Barbie doll astronaut...and then they released another doll in 1994. Each astronaut helmet had a white helmet and included an American flag. Because the All American Doll is any color.

Black women have a troubled relationship with hair, and though the natural hair movement and “natural Barbie dolls” today are going someway to help, it’s still not perfect. Barbie didn’t get it quite right when she debuted the Super Hair African American Barbie doll in 1986 as the hair texture was pretty standard, but the fact that Mattel accepted that women of color might need to have different styling choices and styles was HUGE for the time. The doll came with barrettes to put hair in twists and rolls, and while the hair looks like standard doll hair, we give props to Mattel for recognizing the diverse audience.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: africanamerican; barbie; barriers; dolls

1 posted on 02/20/2014 9:02:11 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I sense that she is trying to say, “Barbie for President!”


2 posted on 02/20/2014 9:05:23 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SkyPilot
Barbie Doll
3 posted on 02/20/2014 9:09:56 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: SkyPilot

The diversity cheerleader that wrote this article neglected one important statistic: How did these dolls sell?


4 posted on 02/20/2014 9:11:56 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Ha...I have no data point on that except to say that my daughter when she was younger never wanted one.

I remember buying a full set of dolls for one of my grand daughters like this (7 or 8 of them) that included a black doll, but she never played with it from what my daughter tells me....I guess she’s racist....:o)


5 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:27 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SkyPilot

Do they all have Obamaphones they can use to video their mob of boyfriends beatin up on crackas?


6 posted on 02/20/2014 9:16:31 AM PST by Old Yeller (P)
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To: Old Yeller

I remember SNL’s Tupac Barbie...came with a baby stroller, a forty, some Newports, and a restraining order for baby-daddy


7 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:05 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SkyPilot
Bratz Slutz
8 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:15 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SkyPilot

When we first got married, my lovely wife worked at a Toys R Us during the height of the Cabbage Patch craze. A couple of Clarkstown, NY finest had to patrol the parking lot during that time to control the lunacy over these dolls. And when they released the first Black Cabbage Patch dolls, things really went nuts over their. And it was WHITE people who fought each other over them. The Blacks thought it was hilarious.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 9:21:35 AM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: SkyPilot

Where’s the Queen Latifah model?


10 posted on 02/20/2014 9:22:57 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SkyPilot
The black version of GI Joe was introduced early enough (late 1964) that it was originally called "GI Joe, Negro." No big deal was made out of it and it was a long generation ahead of black Barbie.
11 posted on 02/20/2014 9:28:29 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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12 posted on 02/20/2014 9:36:09 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
The diversity cheerleader that wrote this article neglected one important statistic: How did these dolls sell?


13 posted on 02/20/2014 9:37:11 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: SkyPilot

What no picture of “O”?


14 posted on 02/20/2014 9:44:57 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SkyPilot

Black Barbie Dolls Coming Next:

“Welfare Baba’kwasheniqua” and “Knockout Kenyatta’vontay”


15 posted on 02/20/2014 9:46:16 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Iron Munro

LOL at the “inaugural” (black widow) dress.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 9:49:35 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: SkyPilot

What, no afro?


17 posted on 02/20/2014 9:56:07 AM PST by KMG365
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To: SkyPilot

What “barriers”? Did anyone in the industry ever use the phrase, “No, you can’t make a doll who’s black”?


18 posted on 02/20/2014 9:59:06 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SkyPilot

There’s just no pleasing some people.

They tried making the Moochelle Obama but they ran out of plastic halfway down.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 10:41:49 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

One Barbie doll that didn’t sell too well was Divorce Barbie, it came with all of Ken’s things.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 11:02:32 AM PST by wny
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To: Billthedrill

Everything’s a “barrier” until affirmative action is applied to the equation, according to the ‘equality quota Nazis’.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 11:34:00 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Billthedrill
"White Trash" Barbie broke barriers as well.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 11:38:57 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
"White Trash" Barbie broke barriers as well.

There goes my newly cleaned keyboard and monitor....

Where did I leave the handi wipes....
23 posted on 02/20/2014 12:24:32 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: wny
One Barbie doll that didn’t sell too well was Divorce Barbie, it came with all of Ken’s things.

I hear "Abortion Barbie" isn't moving too well in Texas, either
24 posted on 02/20/2014 12:27:22 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: RedMonqey

LOL great post!


25 posted on 02/20/2014 12:28:20 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Billthedrill
What “barriers”? Did anyone in the industry ever use the phrase, “No, you can’t make a doll who’s black”?

They probably want a "Social Justice" law for Barbie.

To make it fair, white people would have to buy one black Barbie for each white Barbie they purchase.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 12:38:04 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: SkyPilot

What barriers?


27 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:52 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SkyPilot

I bet there were black dolls long before Barbie


28 posted on 02/20/2014 12:41:10 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nascarnation

Thank you ...

With this kind of material, the jokes almost write themselves...


29 posted on 02/20/2014 12:50:14 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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