In the accompanying photos, the doll, which is made in Angelou's likeness, wears a gorgeous patterned gown with a matching head-wrap. The doll also sports white shoes and golden jewelry as she holds a tiny replica of the author's 1970 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
According to Barbie's official website, the Inspiring Women Series "pays tribute 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." In addition to Angelou, who made history as the first Black female poet to speak at a U.S. presidential inauguration, other dolls include Susan B. Anthony, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale, Billie Jean King and Sally Ride.
In a press release, the company said, "Barbie knows that kids' early childhood experiences shape what they imagine to be possible, so it's important that all girls not only see themselves reflected in product and content, but also see inspiring role models who have come before them."
The Angelou dolls are $30 each with a limit of two per person. But unfortunately, due to high demand, the doll is currently sold out everywhere online. Still, fans have the option of signing up to get notifications from Barbie.com when the doll is back in stock.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that this will be sooner rather than later—since one can never have too many role model dolls in their collection.
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