Black Barbie dolls did not come into existence until recently, say the last decade but it’s been a long time coming. Every child at one point owned a Barbie doll and representation, which has been the theme in recent times, has been reflected through the various collection of Barbie dolls that have been released recently.
To show us why inclusion is relevant today, Mattel has released its latest edition – the BMR1959 line. A Bantu knot, lavender and pink-haired with baby hairs doll that is giving us all the lace front wig and edges laid vibes black women rock effortlessly. We see you BMR1959, we see you.
Mattel wrote on their Instagram, “So fresh. So clean. So #Barbie. This second collection in the #BMR1959 line celebrates Barbie’s fashion heritage by drawing inspiration from today’s hottest streetwear trends.”
And streetwear it was, with her door knocker earrings, yellow sneakers, and “a boxy houndstooth blazer over a neon co-ord set with a patent leather look,” Barbie.com noted.
In a bid to be more inclusive, Mattel has been creating diverse dolls in different sizes, colors, abilities, and professions. The company recently included the gender-neutral doll, the Barbie Fashionistas line, the Barbie Wellness collection, and the Judge Barbie.
Black Twitter could not hide their excitement about the BMR1959 line.
a black Barbie with baby hairs?! here for it. https://t.co/0QEwdPHj7x
— S. (@_shxynaa) June 25, 2020
No they didn’t give Barbie baby hairs 😭😭😭😭 my sis is CAYUTE https://t.co/8CI1nmZhTk
— Big Birkin Ber (@amberellaaaa_) June 24, 2020
I have no idea what bmr means but I want this Barbie pic.twitter.com/BFB5DUpdwD
— Young Auntie Old Back (@Stimmy_Johns) June 24, 2020