Barbie Honors Maya Angelou
National Retail Federation | February 12, 2021
Mattel honored the celebrated Maya Angelou with her own Barbie doll as part of the collector's “Black Label” series. The Barbie doll is sculpted to Angelou’s likeness, featuring a copy of her 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” in her hands.
As the first female and the first Black poet to speak at a presidential inauguration, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and three Grammy Awards, and a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, Angelou more than deserves a place in Mattel’s “Inspiring Women” series.
The doll released in earlier January was available on Barbie.com, Amazon and Target for $29.99, and sold out in less than two days; as of early February, it was selling on eBay for over three times the price.