Black Barbie

Black Barbie
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 13, 2009

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Seems we aren’t the only ones who fell in love with Black Barbies, as Italian Vogue dedicates an entire issue to the stylish icon. Reminisce on the chic
fashionista and share your Barbie memories.

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Christie, Barbie’s Black Friend was introduced in 1967. The funky 1971 edition’s boho fashion made her a decade favorite.

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Mattel presents the first ever Barbie doll to be inspired by a dance company and designed by Artistic Director Judith Jamison. The doll is dressed in a flowing white lace costume worn in the “Wade in the Water” section of Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations.

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The 2009 Holiday Barbie Doll bedazzles and gets you in the spirit of the season.

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In 1980, the first African-American Barbie was dressed fashionably in a two piece that converted into a bathing suit for fun in the sun.

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In 1999, the fashionable Byron Lars Plum Royale Barbie Plum Royale Barbie doll, exudes style and grace from head to toe.

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In 2007, Byron Lars’ Mbili is brought to life in a highly dramatic ensemble of feathers and beads. Azure blue boots bring a final air of contemporary, couture chic.

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In 1973, Barbie created Malibu Christie, who was simply golden.

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in 1969, they released a Barbie inspired by Diann Carroll’s onscreen character Julia from her hit series.

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The So In Style collection, is more hip and cool and based on reflections of every Black women. Sporty sisters Grace and Courtney are keepsakes.

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Designer Byron Lars’ Coco Barbie doll was inspired by the young, chic crowd and as fashion forward as they come.

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The 2006 Robert Best Barbie exudes simple elegance and power.

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