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Mattel Launches Barbie In Maya Angelou Likeness, Says Her Legacy Will Inspire Younger Generations

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Well-known American poet and Civil Rights Activist, Maya Angelou got honoured by Mattel’s popular Barbie’s Inspiring Women series. The company has found a special way to pay tribute to the activist who passed away seven years ago, at the age of 86.

Mattel has decided to share the legacy of Dr Maya Angelou with the younger generations by creating a Barbie in her likeness. In Mattel’s statement, they said that children’s early childhood experiences shape their future perspectives and help them imagine what they want to be. “It is important for girls to visualise themselves beyond any product or content. They must see inspiring role models before them,” Mattel added.

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Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson said, “She built deep connections with people around the world solely with her words and actions. I remember her saying, ‘I write from the Black perspective, but I aim for the human heart.'”

Reportedly, the Barbie designed in honour of Dr Angelou will hold a miniature replica of her prolific autobiography. The doll will be customised with a head wrap and floor-length floral print dress with additional accessories – a golden ring, bracelet, watch, and earrings. Mattel also revealed that in 2021, 50% of their dolls will be of global role models in Black, Indigenous, and women of colour.

Angelou has more than 50 honorary doctorates and in 2011 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Additionally, she was one of the first African-American female members of the Directors Guild of America.

Earlier on the International Day of Girl Child, Manasi Joshi, Indian Para-Badminton Star, got a Barbie Doll Modelled After Her. The Barbie OOAK doll celebrates all extraordinary women who inspire girls around the world to be anything they dream of.

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