Even in death, Dr. Maya Angelou lives on! The late poet received a major honor from Mattel's most known doll, Barbie!
The Phenomenal Woman memoirist and civil rights activist died at the age of 86 back in May of 2014, but the toy manufacturer has created a heartfelt journey to shine light on her powerful legacy for younger generations and those to follow. As part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women series, a Barbie beautiful brown doll has been created in Dr. Angelou's likeness.
Mattel released the following statement: “[Mattel] knows children's 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 to also see role models who've come before them."
The Barbie official description on the box for the Maya Angelou doll reads, she "holds a miniature replica of her prolific autobiography, while wearing a head wrap and floor-length dress with floral print." Accessories include a "golden ring, bracelet, watch, and earrings."
Dr. Maya Angelou's son, Guy Johnson, shared his excitement over the honor and love shown to his beloved mom. In addition being adored by countless people around the world, Dr. Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest possible civilian honor in the United States.
"My mother, Dr. Maya Angelou, was a pioneer and an activist with an invincible spirit for justice," Johnson's statement reads. "Through her words and actions, she developed a unique ability to create deep connections with people around the world. She used to say, 'I write from the Black perspective, but I aim for the human heart.'"
The Inspiring Women line was launched nearly three years ago and currently highlights several important historical figures, including Ella Fitzgerald, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart.
In a statement, Mattel shared its commitment to diversity in the line.
"In 2021 and going forward, more than 50% of global role models featured will be Black, Indigenous and women of color.”