Image of New Black Barbie Doll Sparks Outrage

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An image of a brown Barbie doll with blonde hair and gold chains has appeared on Facebook as the new African-American Barbie doll.


by Maria Lloyd

An image of a brown Barbie doll has surfaced on the Internet, causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie. The doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.

Many African-Americans find the doll’s appearance offensive, stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women. The truth is, though, the doll strongly resembles imagery of African-American women that is seen in some of the most famous celebrities (e.g. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, etc.). The only difference I see between Beyoncé, for example, and the doll is that the doll’s skin color is darker than Beyoncé’s. If we want to change the imagery of the African-American woman, we have to start exalting celebrities and other prominent figures in the black community that represent the imagery that we’d like people around the world to embrace.

We all know that African-American women come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so it doesn’t mean that the community can not embrace multiple images of beauty in the community. If you believe Beyoncé’s look is a classic image of African-American women, continue to support her and don’t become offended when people around the globe perceive African-American women to look the same way that she does. If you believe India Arie is the perfect example of black beauty, support her as well. As a community, we’ve got to grow out of becoming offended when people of other ethnicities define our appearance and/or actions. They are simply conveying what they believe we support. If we want to change the way we are perceived by other cultures, we have to make the change within ourselves. This is no excuse to defend prejudice and persons who believe that all black men are criminals because they see black men on the news 24/7. There is a clear indication of systemic racism that severely influences the way we’re perceived across the world; however, we must take accountability and refute these negative images by exalting positive images.

Alleged new black Barbie Doll.


How do you feel about the doll?

Maria Lloyd (@WritingsByMaria) is the Business Manager for the Your Black World Network and Dr. Boyce Watkins. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and an advocate of dismantling the prison industrial complex, increasing entrepreneurship, reforming education, and eradicating poverty.

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    February 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    They will not stop objectifying black women as sexual objects. This doll represents the whitewashed mentality of some high profile female blacks. She looks bitter, angry, overdone, mean, nasty, and greedy. Wouldn’t be surprised if she was wearing blue contacts. The only negroes that they can somewhat accept are those who force themselves into pseudo-whiteness. That’s who this doll represents: A dark skinned white girl…

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      February 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      @BFL. You called it perfectly sir! Furthermore, many brothers and sisters are hooked into this type of overall assimilation. A Eurocentric assimilation which spreads across all forms of our existence here and across the African diaspora!

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      February 17, 2013 at 8:04 am

      And she is in EVERY HOOD!… I see her EVERYDAY….. Sickening…

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        March 1, 2013 at 12:28 am

        You are so right! I live!

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      doll collector

      February 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      I regret to inform you that you are ill informed, and this article poorly conceived This doll is not a Barbie doll. This doll’s name is Adele, and she is produced by a company called Integrity Toys, and are released in very limited editions to an adult collector market. This one was released in 2004.

      The doll in this article is just one of many Adele dolls that have been released. She has been released with many different hair styles, and hair colors. Since this is a fashion doll, and Integrity Toys caters to a loyal adult collector market, they need to give the collectors variety. That is why this particular edition has blonde hair. If every Adele doll came out with the same hair color, that would be boring to the collectors, and they would not keep buying more. Again, these dolls are not for children, nor are the marketed to children.

      As for her face. This was the first version of Adele. She is currently in her third version. As I already mentioned, this edition was released in 2004.

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        February 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        Ignorance is bliss…. Thank you doll collector for your educational guidance..

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        April 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Despite many posters correcting the misinformation written by the writer, she has still not corrected the misleading title nor the content. That kind of baseless slander towards Mattel is grounds for a lawsuit.


        I will be sure to side eye anything I see her name attached to in the future.

        BTW, I gasped when I saw the doll thinking it was a Mattel design, known for their generic mass appeal dolls. But once I found out it was a niche product with a back story, I realized the doll design is actually pretty good.

        FYI folks not ALL black women are Oprah or Michelle Obama. We have variety like every race on the planet. Appreciate our diversity even if you don’t like all parts of it. There are many positive images of black women in the media. All you have to do is turn away from E! and Viacom networks.

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        July 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Thank you for confirming my suspicions. This is showing up on Facebook and as a collector starting out, I knew the information in this article was incorrect.

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      February 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      The doll looks mean, nasty & bitter??? This is laughable! She doesn’t have a scowl on her face that looks mean. She has on an outfit that if Beyonce or Rhianna were wearing it, many would think its cute but you say the doll looks nasty. And bitter?how can a doll “look” bitter? You are certainly entitled to your opinion but I find it to be hilarious! Maybe the description you gave is how you feel about black women?

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    February 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Why wasnt any one mad when they made the natural hair barbie or the dark skinned barbie with the short hair,

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      bahati sobukwe

      February 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

      I don’t get your point.

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      February 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm


      No one was mad because by and large, the natural-hair barbie and/or dark skinned barbie reinforces the idea of being yourself and not transforming into something other than what God intended you to look like, or to put an emphasis on materialism. I for one (as a father) respect Beyonce’s work ethic but do NOT hold her up to my daughter as a role model as whole because she has had blonde hair for over 10 years but that has not always been the case (among other reasons).

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    Sirod Cassi

    February 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Beyonce is selling what people want to buy and she’s selling it to whoever wants to buy it. It doesn’t matter whether they are black, white, green, blue or purple. Why does she even have to represent the beauty of African American, black women. This is extremely demented and immature. In actuality Mattel is doing the same thing; selling what people will buy and they really don’t care who buys it. The question is will it sell?

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      February 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Wake up and smell reality… Beyonce is not selling what the people want, she’s selling what her record company wants. They have their idea of a selling point and going with it the same as they’ve been doing business was for almost a century. No ones asking to Beyonce to look and act a certain way and people accept it.

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      Suzanne Boyd

      February 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I don’t understand why some people find this doll ofensive This a true representation of women we see everyday . Some of you have friends and relatives who dress that this do you hiode your children when they arrive are turn the TV off . Pls there are all types of people to me she is confident and she might be a CEO. So pls perception is valid but we need to stop being so steretypical noone decides for another person what success look life are dress like . I would not have a problem with my age appropriate child with a collection of different varieties of dolls we are all different and beautiful pls don’t hate .Who ever created this doll thank you , you got people looking , talking and many will buy it .

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    Peggye Mills

    February 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    This doll is a classic for doll collectors. It is designed by Jason Wu, marketed in 2005 or 2006, produced by Integrity Toys a Black family owned doll manufacturer, who has gained its popularity by producing dolls (male and female) with ethnic diversity. These are high-end dolls, price-wise and not intended for children’s play.

    I collect dolls of color, Integrity, Fashion Royalty and Mattel. The Fashion Royalty product depicts facial palettes, hair styles and fashion sense that meets the standards of the discerning fashion scale doll collector.

    I love them and appreciate the insight of the Integrity people who had the fortitude to buck the trend and make dolls of color desirable to doll lovers, young and old alike.

    While the publicity is appreciate, the concept of this article is misrepresented as is attested to by the many comments.

    Peggye L. Mills of San Antonio, Texas
    PLM Creations on Facebook

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      February 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you for writing this. Exactly what I was about to write.

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        February 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

        Black owned manufactures are trying to make money at their own expense as well. Jason Wu is not God,just like he designed that black woman in a white womans body he could have designed a black woman in a black woman body. I’m talking about the true black woman. What is more important your doll collection.

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      February 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Thank you!!! I was going to ask why no one has brought up the issue of this not even being a Barbie doll. People believe and buy into anything.

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      February 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      I missed your initial reply Peggye and I pretty much said the same thing however you articulated your point better than I did. Thanks for writing this as well.

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    February 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Many of the sustahs look like this, borrowed & bought hair, blond, and scantily clad, so no need for some 2 get upset. Look out your window or take a walk in the prodominately blk areas and this is what you’ll see. Mattel got it right………LOL

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      Phillip Battle

      February 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Ms. Vanessa—– for keeping it real— matter of fact-the doll do represent the image of today’s black women who have no knowledge of how her fore parents (women and men) were used and abused – as concubines– treated like objects of flesh. Dressing like hookers- with European wigs– there’s a message to this madness which is — MENTAL ILLNESS IS ALIVE AND KICKING–and as we all know-the single parenting that’s going down in our Black community- with a mother showing her daughter how to dress like a hooker- this will be an image that will be passed on generation to generation–now who in their right mind would get upset at one because they’re telling it li,e it is.

      Peace to all the sistas who have respect for themselves and a conscious— and to all who make excuses for looking like a cheap hooker— get your mind right.

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        February 17, 2013 at 7:35 am


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        February 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        Well done

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        Andrel Hughes

        February 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

        Tell the “TRUTH”..and shame the “DEVIL”!!

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        February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        Great comment. Is high time we blacks go back to our root and promote our culture. We should dress the way we want to be addressed.

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        February 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        FEB 18 2013

        I agree with you, Most Black Americans are still in that Slave mentally. We cherish others more then we do ourselves!!
        Thousands and hundreds of dollars for HAIR BOUGHt from Asians.
        That money could have gone to someones education and skills. OR to a business so one could hire Black people.

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          Rick D.

          February 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

          PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT ALL COST! EX; McDonalds has always preyed on us and our children for years, black white latin asian etc. If those deceivers had been watched more closely, we would not have the obesity problem in children that we have today. Most advertisement is geared towards children and the young. People, don’t just comment THINK.

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      February 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Sure did… SAD AF!… I know a chick who looks exactly like ths!… When her blonde wig is off, she looks in the mirror and thinks shes ugly….ijs

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      Jah Larry Dread

      February 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Aaaaagh LOL! “borrowed & bought hair, blond, and scantily clad” I agree with you Ms. Vanessa, and it is so great coming from a female.
      “Look out your window” LOL!

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    February 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    First we should consider that this probably not by Matel (it may or may not be). I don’t see Matel making a doll like this per se. In fact, we may not want to acknowledge it but Matel has made several African-American dolls that have portrayed us in a lovely light; I had a BEAUTIFUL African Princess Barbie with lovely short cropped hair and beautiful eyes, I had a black Astronaut Barbie with auburn colored hair. Barbies don’t come in all shapes and sizes but they do come in various shades; I’ve had darker skin Barbie and Barbies that were on the lighter side (at least from what I can remember).

    The thing is this, we can’t get up an arms when a doll like this is made when that is already the picture we put out there for people to see. You think Barbies are damaging? Try Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and RIhanna on for size! LOL. Barbie’s are pretty much what you make them. They’ve never marketed a “slut” Barbie to our children but they have marketed “Barbie as President”. They’ve never marketed “video girl” Barbie’s to our children but they have marketed “Veterinarian Barbie”. Barbie wasn’t what shaped my mind as a child. I knew full and well that I didn’t look like that. What shaped my mind as a child were the children that made fun of me! lol.

    YOU teach your children in the way that they should go. Should this type of doll be made? HECK NO! But you also have to remember that this is the internet, this could be a complete hoax. We really can’t be mad that this is what the world thinks of us. REALLY CAN’T. From Basketball Wives, Love and Hip Hop, Mary Mary’s reality show, Real Housewives of whatever, and even SISTERHOOD, to Nicki, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Li’l Kim, Azalea, Ciara, I mean… COME ONE!!

    This controversy can be summed up in a phrase us preschool teachers like to tell our children:


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    Peggye Mills

    February 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    This doll is NOT a Barbie, nor is it manufactured by Mattel. This doll is entitled, “Adele” by Integrity Toys/Fashion Royalty, a Black family owned business.

    Are we to be so judgmental that we would attempt to put a Black company out of business, even when the product is popular worldwide? This type of thread has power. Just look at what happened with the Djingo dolls, just as I was getting ready to add some of them to my collection. People were offended by the dolls, but NOT the movie. Go figure.


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      Jeff Bridges

      February 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

      If people didn’t like this doll it was before they knew it was from a black owned business. Are you saying they should now like it? Come on if it’s wack it’s wack don’t care who made that doll. I don’t think it’s wack though but race shouldn’t weigh into your opinion. I think that doll is as materialistic and simple as most black females. yep I said it they live for lace fronts and designer bags. Not many of em are skinny though.

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      February 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Peggy, I checked what you said and you are correct with the designer of the doll, but you are totally wrong with the name of the doll. I looked it up The Adele doll is an African American a.k.a. doll and is very pretty. This is the description the photo net to the Adele doll gave: Adèle could not be happier that her best friend Véronique has returned and it shows! Truly glowing in this fresh new look, Adèle is the perfect picture of sophistication and style!

      Item # 91272
      High Brow
      Adèle Makéda® Dressed Doll
      Limited Edition of 400 Dolls Worldwide

      Look it up, since you gave incorrect information as did this article. That doll pictured is offensive!

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        theresa wheeler

        February 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        This is circa 2005

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        Peggye Mills

        February 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        This link shows Adele High Brow, introduced in 2011. Adele shown as the subject of this article was introduced in 2003-2004. There are many versions of Adeles and Fashion Royalty fashion, introduced annually.

        I’m sorry you thought I gave wrong information. LOL

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          Theresa Wheeler

          February 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

          Peggy don’t do anymore research for them. If they want to feign outrage due to misinformation let them. Thank you for introducing me to Adele Makeda.

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            Peggye Mills

            February 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

            Thank YOU, Theresa. Your words of advice are wise and well taken. Those who want to hate, will hate, no matter the actual fact of the issue. SMH

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      February 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I didn’t know the business was black before I made my decision. I do now and I don’t feel the same way I feel worse. I hope they do go out of business if it operates at the expense of the future daughters. We know this type of woman exist.Be not conformed to the things of this world but by the renewing of your minds. I know I fornicated when I slept with a man and I was not married to him but, when I understood how determental it was to the body I did’nt say oh I shall continue in sin It is not O.K. to say it’s real oh well thats what we represent.

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        doll collector

        February 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

        You are ill informed. The doll is not marketed toward children. It is for an adult collector market in very limited editions. This particular edition has blonde hair, but some have had very natural look. The adult collector market demands variety, since these are fashion dolls, and fashion is all about variety.

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      February 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Integrity Toys I’ll tell them what I think about the doll.It’s not what their name stands for at all.
      Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values .Incorruptibility. State of being whole, entirely undiminished. That doll say lost soul.

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        doll collector

        February 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

        The dolls name is Adele, and she is quite a success. As you are probably not buying dolls from Integrity Toys, I doubt they will really care about your opinions. They do, however, value the feedback of their loyal customer base. That is why they release dolls in various hair colors & hair styles. The collectors also have asked for runway looking fashions. Again, these dolls are not for children.

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      Jah Larry Dread

      February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

      I don’t believe in putting any black business out of business. Many (Vanessa) and myself I believe are saying why are we (Some black people) offended? “Look out your window”

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    February 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I like the doll. Oh and by the way, those who do not like the doll will not have a gun to thier head to purchase one for thier daughter correct? Jus sayin! If I don’t like something I don’t purchase it!

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    February 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    So when you speak about color light vs. dark, why is it that lighter skin black women are always suppose to feel bad about their color as if they made themselves.

    Stop the light vs. dark…it is so unimportant and furthermore, this entire article is useless and not productive…it is like tabloid stupidity.


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    February 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    The doll is most likely made in China, and if given liberty to create it ,then you see the image we have around the world, they of course get surprised when they come here!

    If you would like to change our image, then change it!

    Does it matter to you that other countries say the problem with America is the Blacks!

    All of you low information people are such shallow thinkers!

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      Phillip Battle

      February 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm


      Other countries know that Blacks CIVILIZED AMERICA-nevertheless build it for free—- do other countries know that Black People enriched the WHOLE WORLD–

      HEY——- ONESILVERBAC—CHECK OUT THE BERLIN CONFERENCE- try to read for comprehension— then maybe you’ll see the true DEVILS OF THIS PLANET.

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        February 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Amen & the truth will set u free!

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    February 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Let me see….hum…so the world rather focus on a damn doll instead of trying to help make the world a better place.Trust me if the doll had her hair in a natural…casual clothing or was even holding a cell phone as a prop they would have still found a way to talk about her.

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    February 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Lord help our race!!!!!
    Our children are like tape recorders, are impressionable and DAH, the media knows this, wake up some of you who don’t have a clue!!!!
    Look up the word Image, and ask yourself would you still want your young daughter to play with a doll portrayed ad a ghetto hoochie?!?! Breast out, hair blond ect.. open your eyes and use the brain and sense that God gave you! I am so tired of our young black men calling each other nigga and our young black women calling each other my B** ch, and now this!! SMH

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    February 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’m confused. I’ve seen more complaining over this doll than than I’ve seen over Beyonce, Rhianna, Nikki Minaj, etc parading around half naked. The main contender Beyonce, any comments on her , they are hating and want to be her. I guess it’s allright for her to be a rolemodel for our future generation of women because she is worth millions and the plastic doll isn’t. I can’t get mad at the creators , they are only creating what they see us African Americans idolize. If you don’t have a problem with the singers looking the part, then you shouldn’t have a problem with the doll.

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    Moon Child

    February 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I think that this doll should not be taken as a direct representation of ALL black women. I have seen many black barbies with different features,complexions, outfits, even ones with natural hair, locks, twists etc. I found them just as beautiful.
    This doll may be a direct representation of a many AA women who enjoy looking like this. Is there anything inherently wrong with that? No. I think we all have the right to choose how we want to look and what we want to put importance on.
    If someone wants to look at THIS doll and assume it represents ALL black women, then that individual is sadly mistaken. It’s 2013, not 1880, I think it’s time black women be given permission to be INDIVIDUALS not a collective bunch for anyone to judge, disrespect or hinder according to their beliefs or vision of a black woman.
    We have the right, to be what and whom we choose, just like anyone else!
    I think it’s time we all that to be our reality and to love ourselves.
    If you don’t like it don’t BE it.

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      February 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Your comment has minimal merit, people are entitled to like whatever they choose to like, however have u ever thought a little further as to WHY people like the things they like? What forms the basis for people’s choices? Is it a coincidence that the 3 most successful black US female singers are all fair skinned (skin has gotten lighter as their fame increased) and these women hardly EVER CHOOSE to style themselves as nature created them. They all seem to CHOOSE an alternative to what they possess, “trade my hair for longer, straighter, lighter hair”. Minaj CHOSE to trade her own booty for a bigger “better” one.

      People only trade something if they think there is a better version of what they have on the market. Globally black women are the highest consumers of Self Alteration products, companies worldwide make billions off black women’s dissatisfaction with themselves and insecurities. Black (brainwashed) women spend their time and money trading their own possessions for “better” possessions. Skin lighteners, human and synthetic hair, nails, plastic surgery…its all part of the same system.

      And second and third and fourth to black women are the other races, white, asian, indian etc women follow soon after black women. No female is immune from the desire to make herself “more attractive” by altering herself and trading her possessions for “better” ones. We are all victims of the same fallacy thawe are not beautiful and desirable enough, we know no limits to “out doing” each other, we are like crabs in a bucket dragging each. Other down to please white men…or brainwashed black, asian, or indian men. Whoever is sexiest WINS! We sexually objectify ourselves and then wonder why the world only sees us as as sexual object!!?! So for those out there who think they “are just making choices” or that “its JUST a doll”…stop kidding yourself!

      Every racial group has its issues, for black people its skin darkness and hair, stop lying to yourseves, many of us ascribe lighter skin and longer, straighter, and sometimes lighter hair with beauty. Conversely the No.1 plastic surgery procedure in asian countries is the surgery to alter the eyelid to make it like white (“normal”, “beautiful”) people’s eyelids! See many people are f****d in the head! Many many people suffer from self hate! Many many people just wanna be white (“beautiful”)!

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        Phillip Battle

        February 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Many good points——– Mr. Marang—– however – are white folk as so called deranged as all others who lighten themselves -or as sick as those who go under the knife to have themselves carved up to look european -when they tan their skin— knowing that they can possibly be victims of cancer– they like how Beautiful brown skin is.

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        blacjk jones

        February 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        Sorry…. but the so-called “WHITE” woman have as many issues with beauty and staying beautiful as other races who love beauty –if black women are conforming to white beauty they are conforming to something that does not exist—all BEAUTY fades—-Have fun and stay beautiful in your “SOUL and MIND” and let your true beauty shine thru —–and that’s not always an easy task—–SO BE IT—–PEACE!!!!

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      February 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I’m trying to find a white Barbie with an afro and black features? I’ll even take her without the afro with just the lips ,nose ,butt of a black woman and a white Ken with dreads not a black Ken with dreads. They do have white women that are having surgery to blow it all up and white boys trying to wear dreads and low cut with desings in their head. You think they are willing to have those Barbie dolls for collector for their children.

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    February 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I am in 75% agreement with part of the statement mainly because You only have one time to make a first and lasting impression. Personally who ever created this Doll should be commended. We all have a choice and I chose to believe this is just what black women needed to see first hand how they actually look and come off to society period.

    We all have a responsibility to put forth our best when in public. We are all walking billboards. However Beyounc’e by profession is a Entertainer, Celebrity by craft. Her job is to dress and impress the customer,client her audience and people in her age group to promote her music and to comply with Her managers request under contract and obligation in the industry.
    In fact Beyounc’e name shouldn’t be in this report ,but the individuals who’s feelings are hurt embarrassed and humiliated were subconsciously looking for trouble and they came the right place so to speak when they laid eyes on an image of themselves. What’s so sad it’s true. This is what most black women look like between the ages of 12 to 50 and in some cases older women looking for something. Keyword: ATTENTION!

    The doll depicts how shallow and out of touch She is. Her billboard is saying ” I am looking for anyone who can afford me” Her blouse open up almost to her waist screams Insecurity, low self esteem, easy, flamboyant, promiscuous. In other words :1.sexually indiscriminate: having many indiscriminate or casual sexual relationships 2. choosing without discriminating: choosing carelessly ,unstable and gullible.

    There is nothing left to the imagination for the opposite sex to desire or admire because everyone see’s what would otherwise be Special instead the average black woman is advertising what appears to be tainted goods. The world is not a strip club, but made up of a body of people in a society of supposing respectful people especially when it comes to a female and how She is portrayed.

    Like it or not there are double standards when it comes to the two the male and female species. More importantly: this image is not one that would be introduced to the parents of a young man endeavoring to one day marry and spend the rest of his life wit.

    This is a image of a small minded misguided loss soul looking for love in all the wrong places case and point. So being angry for this seemingly racist mockery of a black woman is what the doctor ordered and instead of making anymore noise than need be, quietly sit back and ask yourself ” IS THIS ME”? afterwards if it is “Thank God you can now see what others see which matters.”

    Don’t use lame excuses like Beyonce or any other celebrity or Rapper they are just that Entertainers that get paid for their walking billboard advertisement ,Movies Records and Appearances, Performances conducted for services rendered and that’s what time it is. If Beyonce is your role model you chose her,that was and is your choice. That is your God given right, be glad that you have one. Next time maybe you’ll be wiser in your choice of those you follow and mimicked. I’m just calling it like I and everyone else sees it. Check Yaself.

    Wake Up Black America…. Really!


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      February 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

      I appologize if any of us offended your celebrities. But you need to read again. For one I stated I was confused as to why should people complain about how a doll looks when these performers look just like it. Everyone has a choice on their rolemodel and tell me if I’m lying it is these performers. Point is why complain about how the doll looks? My opinion there are plenty of performers who are succesful without all the extra stuff. I could care less. I worry about my world. My choice in rolemodels would be everyday women and men who struggle in this world and succeed. But that’s My choice. So calm down , only was stating no reason to complain about the doll. Once again apologize if I offended whatever celebrity you felt like you needed to defend

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      February 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Also people stop thinking that every comment. Is some woman hating or because she see herself in that doll. Because I can guarantee I don’t dress like that and I know many who don’t and I know many who do. I like listening to some of Beyonce, love Rhianna, etc and I’m still going to form an opinion on them if I feel like it. Choose to not get offended if someone makes an opinion on them.

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      February 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

      God has given powerful entertainers a platform to send messages of empowerment to the people.Comply is an excuse they choose what they want to portray.They can tell their manager this is not what I represent. Is it the love of money? has to be because at this point she does’nt need their money.

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    February 17, 2013 at 2:04 am

    It looks a little like Beyonce by the hair color and complexion as well as Nikki Minaj. I have seen quite a number of Black women with blonde hair, who carry big purses. You cannot get mad, if it is true. Black women straighten their hair and color it all the time, like Eve and Mary J. Blige. And some Black women do wear chains. and yes I am Black and I wish my sisters would stop frying and dying their hair to look like other races

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    February 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

    The doll looks like a science fiction character/comic books character…

    and there is room for improvement on this some way, shape/form…

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    E.R. Walker

    February 17, 2013 at 6:30 am

    “Girl, do you have a slip under that dress?” These words and others were echoed by my grandmother who taught me to have an “air of mystique” rather than laying it all out there. The bible says the old must teach the young. I see it everyday inapproriate. provocative clothing sans the nobility of the young queens who grace out streets on a daily basis. No, I don’t like the doll for it sends the wrong message of materialism, sexism and all other negative isms. And carrying two high-end bags…really!Lets leave the doll right on the selves because I feel Mattel has made a distorted, inferior caricature of the graceful black women. What is the true legacy we want to leave our young women?

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    February 17, 2013 at 6:33 am

    @Peggy.. I said the same thing when it came to the contrast about the Django movie and the dolls. @ Phillip B.. Great blast on silverbac, he thinks he is the only one who has traveled and he is not. I have traveled the world and from the yellow man in Asia to the Incas of Peru and the Samoans in Hawaii, the can’t stand white folks and they know we all have fought the same enemy of colored people in the Diaspora!! As for the doll, I was at a party last night and a concert the night before and the ladies had it all out!!! I mean it all!!! They all didn’t have blonde hair or Louis v bags, but the bodies were on display. And that’s all right sometimes ladies to us men. I don’t mind my lady letting her fatty show in some tight jeans or some cleavage, it turns me on and ultimately, she doesn’t go too far. And we have been together for 22 years!! So don’t get it twisted. Who is playing who in this matter? Ask yourself black folks. But from what I saw at both events,(and they were held at upscale places), the white girls there were trying to look and dress like the sistahs..!!! Go figure!! lolol. Black women are fine and they know it and for those who aint GOT IT, GO AND GET IT!! I’m just saying… hotep PS. All those ladies got the attention they were looking for. If I was a baby, I could’ve been happily fed all night…lolol. Maat

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    February 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Correction-they can’t stand

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    Jeff Bridges

    February 17, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Personally if you don’t like it make your own. I don’t see how you can be mad at someone else creation. 2ndly the Doll is right on. Maybe make the doll fat oops I mean curvy and add leggins. May longer eye lashes and more eye shadow. Don’t know what world yall live in but that’s a sista.

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      February 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

      LMAO the leggings are true! Where I live that’s all you see. Whoever decided to bring leggings back in style should be short. I have male friends that say they don’t find it attractive

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        February 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

        Oops. Wrong word supposed to be “shot “

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    David JB

    February 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Barbie dolls are manufactured by Mattel, Inc. There is NOTHING that links this doll to Mattel, Inc. I believe that it is pretty irresponsible of the author to make that suggestion.

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    February 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Wake up people you are so blind. Where are the followers of the TRUTH. Is not one of the commandments to not make or possess graven images. What do you think dolls are. The time is getting near, prepared yourself for the “RETURN OF THE SON OF MAN”.Peace 1

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    February 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I don’t remember Barbie having breast like that, take it back to the board.

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    February 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    To the author of this post. Would you have the same opinion and views if they made a male doll and he wore saggy pants and was very thugish. Or even worst, the male doll had on a prison uniform with braids.I think your opinion would be different if this conversation was about the black male. You made a statement that said “I think you if we want to change the imagery of the African-American woman, we have to start exalting celebrities and other prominent figures in the black community that represent the imagery that we’d like people around the world to embrace”.
    I’m not saying I agree or disagree with you but be careful when you make statements about the “black woman” because our “black men” have the same tarnished image, if not worse. Lets work together on improving our image!

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    Get a Clue

    February 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Are you all really this slow? Do you really think this story is true? Any moron can make a website, write a story and place it on the internet. What is the source for her story, where are her facts? I get tired of us African Americans getting up in arms over FALSE stories that some idiot posts on the net. Get a clue just because it’s on the internet does not make it true. And just because someone claims they have a college degree doesn’t make them smart. Do your own investigation for goodness sake. Show some intelligence.

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    Cynthia S.

    February 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I’m very sorry that this particular ‘black women’s rights advocate’
    chose ‘not’ to do any research at all on dolls, or dollmaking in General before publishing this article.

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    Cynthia S.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    If you want real information on black dolls, I’d suggest going to There you can find real information
    about ‘who’ this doll actually is, why she is wearing clothes made by Jason Wu (you know, the guy who does Michelle Obama’s Inaugural gowns)
    and once you know all of that, you’ll know ‘why’ this ‘isn’t’ a child’s doll. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be buying any kid a doll that costs up to a hundred bucks. Besides, this doll was released back in 2002. Last I checked the year is 2013. So all this outrage is about oh…eleven years too late. And if I’m wrong, so what? I’m no more wrong than the woman who wrote this article.

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      Peggye Mills

      February 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Hear, hear, Cynthia. D. Garrett’s blog should serve to enlighten all but those who only think negatively about everything out of THEIR realm.

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        theresa wheeler

        February 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        This isnt even out of their realm a lot of this is feigned outrage.

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        February 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Tell Jason Wu we don’t need the bags, the bags need us. I don’t like the doll . Close it down!!!

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    bahati sobukwe

    February 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    This discussion is not about a doll, it’s about our image. No matter how many black women dress like hookers or despise the skin they’re in, it is psychologically insane for black women to hope, wish and pray that they look white and then spend collectively, billions of dollars trying to look white. Their standard of beauty is white, blonde and blue eyed. Now, what good are they in the struggle we are having in America for respect and justice, when they nonchalantly make a joke of our dignity?

    They show so much appreciation for white skin, blonde hair and for some blue eyes that it makes you want to puke! It’s obvious they have a healthy dose of self-hatred. So, with hating themselves so much, what love do they have for their despised brothers and sisters whose appearances are Africans? It is apparent that they appreciate white “norms” of beauty, isn’t it?

    It’s pitiful!

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    February 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I’ve never seen Bey or any other female with gold chains like that.

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    February 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm


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      Cynthia S.

      February 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Mattel ‘already’ has done numerous graduation dolls, nurse dolls, dr. dolls, Paleontology dolls. Barbie has been a Veterinarian, an anthropologist, a news anchor, a VJ, an airplane pilot, a stewardess and an astronaut. Barbie has been a teacher, an artist, a chef, and an architect. Please ‘don’t’ believe everything you read. This woman hasn’t put any time into researching this. This doll is not a child’s doll and every doll is not a child’s doll. Heck, it isn’t even a Barbie doll.

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    February 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Black Communtiy is guilty of allowing someone to give US our image and this is no different. What are WE going to do?

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    February 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    OK I don’t personally like the doll but I just won’t buy it! Going further Look at your videos and the women they use in them! They almost always use light skin women with long blond weave and color contacts. There is no sista’s with short natural hair,locs,there is no fair representation of sista on these videos so with that being said until our own people accept and validate the beauty of the Black race why would you expect others too???

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    Ruby from NJ

    February 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Why do we see so much of the doll’s bosom? Isn’t she for children? I wouldn’t buy such a doll for my daughter or for a young female relative. It sends the wrong message. It looks like a hoochie mama.

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    February 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Dolls are supposed to represent positive and tame images for children to follow and pretend.

    It doesn’t matter that there are women out there that look like this in videos or where ever else. All types of things exist but there’s no need to make a doll of them.

    I can turn on the tv and see Holly Madison, Kendra, Kim Kardashian, and any number of white sluts and I can see Bad Girl Club potential cast members of all ethnicities and races all around me. There are whores, crackheads, trampy models, etc. that we can spot on the street, magazines, on billboards.

    That doesn’t mean there needs to be a doll reflecting those types of women.

    Its absurd to hold this standard that black people, in general, must be perfect in order to avoid the creation of a doll like this (which I’m not that upset over except for the gratuitous cleavage).

    White people wouldn’t blame themselves – as a group – if some idiot tries to put out a Playboy bunny doll for their daughters to carry. And they certainly wouldn’t say “well its our fault Playboy bunnies exist for this toy maker to copy so let’s not blame the toymakerfor selecting the Playboy bunny to fashion a doll after”

    Give me a break.

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    February 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I checked Mattel and don’t see this. Also I sent them an e-mail.

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      Peggye Mills

      February 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I’d be interested in knowing if you get a reply and if so, what they said.

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    Chasing Joy

    February 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I could care less about the hair color or complexion. Black women do come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and fashion preferences. What I don’t like about the doll is all of the exposed cleavage. The doll is for kids to play with and I would be much more bothered by the over sexyness of the doll.

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      Peggye Mills

      February 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      The clothes are what you object to. Fashion Royalty dolls have a wide variety of fashion ensembles that come with them, in some cases, two or three complete outfits. There are many designers and creators of fashions for these dolls (of which I am one). If you don’t like cleavage, you button/fasten the jacket, or change the clothes.

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    February 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I myself has to agree with the article. AA’s women does dress like this everyday and this what they call luxury image.

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    Peggye Mills

    February 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm PLM Creations on Facebook.
    Just in case anyone is interested in acquiring a high end doll (Fashion Royalty, Integrity Playline, Mattel), I am in the process of liquidating my collection. You will find some real bargains here. Site is updated with new items weekly (unless I’m busy). I know from experience, even with all the negativity here, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Maybe you will be inclined to purchase your next doll from ME.
    Thanks, Peg

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    Rachel Frink

    February 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This barbie is designed to mimic the way the young black women dress today so if you people are angry be angry with yourselves. This what the average person sees all the time. All but bare beasts. Nothing left to the imagination. If Mr. Wu thinks this is what’s hot it’s because that is what he sees from Beyonce and all the other sisters who think that they are fine enough to be almost naked on and off camera.

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

      It’s actually not a Barbie, and Beyonce was certainly not on the designer’s mind when this doll came out in 2004. Fashion Royalty brings runway fashions to doll collector market. This is just one of many different dolls created by Integrity Toys. There are many other AA & other ethnic groups represented in Fashion Royalty. The dolls have a serious look, because that is what the adult collector market asked for. The dolls are quite successful. They typically sell out within hours of their release.

      If you don’t like the fashion on this edition, I’m sure there are other editions that would suite your conservative tastes.

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    February 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    As usual there had to be no input whatsoever from any black consultation as to the image of an African-American doll. So, whitey is stating that this is their view of the integrated, assimilated, wanna be rated, 21st century new negro young lady. This doll says to the young black girl and black people in particular that white America feels that we long to be an extension of them and black women younger and older channels their Mary J. Bliges’ look. As a race many, many of our families have been in America much longer than europeans that have been here only 1 or 2 generations. Yet the influential racism that they push to display publicly is helped along by none other than tamed African-Americans.

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Actually, Integrity Toys is a family owned African American business, as are some of the designers of the dolls.

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    Peter D. Slaughter

    February 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Ironic for years many top black scholars were and have been warning the black masses that they are under attack on all fronts.
    As we can see many don’t listen or read to well either.
    This doll,like those phony slave dolls from that distorted django are nothing but a twisted,distorted attack upon black people and afrikan people world wide.
    This the end result of watching and supporting phony movies about black relatioships,twisted no good talk shows and reading these trashy urban ghetto drama hood books that are full of all types of racist sterotypes both men,women and black kids.
    Whoever made and are selling these plastic slave type dolls only care about some fake paper money.
    They could care less about the overall image of black people or afrikan people world wide. Wake up !! !!

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Actually, this doll is not a Barbie doll. This doll’s name is Adele, and she is produced by a company called Integrity Toys, and are released in very limited editions to an adult collector market. This one was released in 2004.

      The doll in this article is just one of many Adele dolls that have been released. She has been released with many different hair styles, and hair colors. Since this is a fashion doll, and Integrity Toys caters to a loyal adult collector market, they need to give the collectors variety. That is why this particular edition has blonde hair. If every Adele doll came out with the same hair color, that would be boring to the collectors, and they would not keep buying more. Again, these dolls are not for children, nor are the marketed to children.

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    February 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    That’s not a real Barbie.

    This is the latest one from the collection

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    r calhoun

    February 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    A LITTLE OVER THE TOP.For little girls she should be toned down.

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    Dee Stephens

    February 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    As an older, African American woman, I am happy to report that there is a significant number of younger, professional sisters who have not allowed their images to be representative of “pop culture.” I frequently have the opportunity to interact with young professionals in social settings, and their attire while sometimes trendy is quite tasteful and appropriate in terms of broader societal standards.

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    Rick Davis

    February 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    They never stop looking for ways to denegrate our people. They never sleep or rest in they’re assault on our people. It’s on going and continuous around the clock 24-7 365 days decades to centuries their hatred and contempt for our people never ceases to end. They want and desire nothing less than our total destruction. These white devils are demonic at their very core just down right evil & wicked there’s no other way to describe them.

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:10 am

      I suspect your issues are not really with this doll.

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    February 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Guess what? Some “Blacks” complain about me when I paint my inspired art paintings of Black images and angels saying why don’t I paint others and angels other colors since ya ya ya ya ya……. They don’t even know that I have, but I paint what Im inspired to paint!
    Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Rhianna, and others would have no problem buying these dolls for their little ones as that is the image they portray. Buy other ones for your little girls and you present better images for them as you role model for them instead of allowing them to be exposed to what is going on in the world.
    Kids are precious commodity that are put in care of others, but the best ones to care for them is their two parents when ever possible for balance. Kids fare better with two mentally stable adults working together as a team to make them productive citizens. The society isotope responsible for our responsibility to our kids- we err when we think this way and pass along a continual thought process of slavery.
    Make your own dolls, buy from a company who has the image you want for your children, don’t expose your children to what you don’t want to have them exposed.

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    Ruth Lynch

    February 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    As a mother to two beautiful young women who are both great mothers and very accomplished in their own right; I had to always have myself in order. It is time for us as African American women/people to define ourselves. This is a marketing tool and the unfortunate part is that I doubt if an African American owned company produced the doll. At least they would be able to produce some jobs in the community. In any event, just don’t buy the freaking doll. Who and where you spend your money tells us lot about your mindset. If we haven’t noticed, “What they see is what they will be.” “Children do what we do, not what we say.” Unfortunately, there are a significant number of children in our community who do not have parents or guardians, therefore, they have to fend for themselves; that’s where we come into play. We are mentors to every young person who we come in contact with daily, whether we like it or not. We should always be cognizant of what we say or do and make sure it it’s correct.

    I hope this makes us mad enough to do something about it except talk. Let’s be about the business of making a difference in our own communities where ever you are. “What you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear a word you say.” The answer to all of this is EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION.


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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Actually, Integrity Toys is a family owned African American business, as are some of the designers of the dolls

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    February 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    If the creator of this doll wants young girls to look and think like this, this is what they will look and think like. Those of us who don’t want our young girls to look and think like this must show them better images by the way we as ladies dress and present ourselves.

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:12 am

      These dolls are not for children. They are produced for an adult collector market in editions of 200 – 500 dolls per edition. Your concerns are misplaced with this doll.

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    Angela Thomas

    February 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Beauty comes in many colors shapes and forms. Beauty is only skin deep. I’ve seen many beautiful Barbie Dolls, however…..this doll of color should not be blond, showing cleavage, but you can look straight out of your window and see where this doll is coming from, which is quiet shameful. The creator of this doll was thinking black/white wash, saying to the public…this is a black chic trying/wanting to be white. Truthfully, there is no black women or men other than the aborigines that has naturally blond hair or blue eyes like the white women does.Look at the BET channel on the music videos, you can pick that doll out of the crowd 10-15 times. Juvenile, Fifty-cents, Lil Wayne, will try to kill for these lively dolls to help make their videos become what they want it to be, sit back and just check it out. Anyway, the doll is somewhat a insult to my black heritage and I would not buy it for my grandaughter, I wouldn’t collect it to sit on a curio shelf, PURCHASING IT and bringing it home is BLASPHEMY ,past HILARIOUS,throw it on the concrete and shatter it in a thousands of pieces, start over and do some RECONSTRUCTION..LET THE CHURCH SO AMEN…

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    Joan Franklin

    February 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    First of all, she’s not barbie. She looks as much African-American as any other African-American. African-American women love blonde hair. I have worn blonde weave before; however, now I am back to my natural hair which is brown; but I have that choice. When I wore blonde weave, I was not trying to be white. I just liked it. There are no set African-American characteristics. It’s ashame that we think you have to necessarily be dark with certain features to be black. I am African-American with no apology being light, but I truly know who I am and I am so tired of this mess. We confuse our children when we keep this mess up. We are the only race of people that can celebrate being the rainbow and it should be a celebration. When we get the “perfect” African-American doll, I guess she will be dark, with thicker lips, short black hair, etc and that is no more typical of being African-American than being light with long hair and light brown eyes etc. There is no typical African-American. We need to teach our children to love themselves and appreciate who they are in this melting pot of various hues, lip shapes, etc. We are the most beautiful race of people and should be applauded. I love seeing the very dark to the almost white because simply stated that’s who we are. I love myself and I love all other African-Americana women and men. It’s about loving who you are and not what shade you are.

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    Mrs. Jones

    February 19, 2013 at 10:23 am


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    February 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    To Be honest this doesn’t identify our intenter beauty as African americans Beyonce ,Tyra Banks And NickiMinaj All Wear Wigs Sew in Weaves . Because They Got Good Money Not That this barbie doll is gonna be high priced . I see these try to be or wanna be’s Everyday . And Im Surely The Little Girls will Wonder Momma Why Does The Black Doll Have blonde Hair And She’s Not White . Just because you wanted to try something New Maybe you could of Had the doll where it could switch the hair it could be like wigs but the little girls have to put them on . It’s Not A Disgrace so people don’t Get mad they were just trying something new maybe they will change it . I Personally Don’t like the hair Snice im Black I think It’s ghetto Fabulous .Lol I Think They Spent alot of time working on one doll that was gonna get nega tive feedback . Maybe if It was presented by TyraBanks .Different Feedback . Im Surely Not Spending No Money On A Epensive Doll And The girls our gonna play with it a day or so and put it too the side or her hair is gonna be messed up and she’s gonna probblay have a broken leg or toren arm . Nope Not ME … :) #Bethere #DoneThat #Overlook This World .

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    February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I would never buy this doll for one of my little neices, because it does not depict the image of black womanhood I want them to see. They don’t need to see boobs hanging out and for godsakes they don’t need to see blond hair when they are all brunetts. I’m offended at seeing a black doll with blond hair and none of my females relatives would have our hair dyed blond.

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Perhaps you would like a different edition of Adele. fyi.. she’s not a barbie. This edition has blonde hair, but many others had afros, black hair, blonde hair, short short hair… This is a fashion doll. Variety is key.

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    February 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t agree with the cleavage, but as long as she is black and not FAT and overweight! 200 lbs is not a pretty number unless you are 6″2!

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    February 20, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Is there a source for these pictures, before we jump down some throats?

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      doll collector

      February 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

      That is an excellent collection. This picture was illegally copied from a private collector’s Flickr account. He was not asked any permission.

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    February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    First of all this is not a Barbie doll. It’s a Fashion Royalty doll named Adele from about 8 years ago. This doll is not marketed to children but adult collectors. This doll’s average retail price is 120 dollars which most parents are not going to shill out for a piece of plastic. The Fashion Royalty line is designed by Jason Wu and manufactured by Integrity Toys. Integrity Toys was started due to the lack of ethnically diverse dolls. The Adele doll has had many hair colors and skin tones in the 10 years of her existence. There is no need to think that the black youth of America is about to be damaged by an adult collectible.

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      February 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      I am so glad that you cleared this up. Sometimes we are so quick to jump to conclusions.

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    February 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I know no one likes the fact that the doll is blonde haired, and hoochified, but have any one noticed that the doll actually has black features? They would normally just make the Barbie darker, and say that it is black. Someone actually put some thought into its appearance. This doll does represent some of our black american women, because there are a lot of these women who think this is true beauty. It may not be your reality, but it is someones reality. I’m sorry to say this, but there may be a little girl who actually wants this doll because it looks like her sister, aunt, mother or grandmother.

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    February 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Growing up in the south as a child, I never saw Anyone dark skinned or light with blonde hair on their head. Call me old school, but I don’t care for it. I was truly offended by it because I thought it made a statement they want to be white. However, I think it looks a lot better on light skinned people like Beyonce vs Nickki Monaige. Nikki was extremely pretty before she made all those changes, and I’m not saying she”s ugly now, but I don’t see where it compliments her complexion. But I do sometime wonder if its just to get attention, to stand out or what. Its hard to say! As far as putting blonde hair on a black Barbie is just wrong! We don’t need our children growing up thinking you have to blonde to be pretty. To me it sends the wrong message! God created all of us to be unique, and I have no problem accepting that!

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    February 21, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Children are like sponges in their enviroment. What they see, are expose to, and interact with are what they learn and mimic. These lessons can make them or break them. They do not know the difference unless we show them through our actions as responsible adults. In addition, you can teach them right from wrong, but the biggest influence on a child is their enviroment and what they are exposed to. They are not adults or as strong. This is why it is very crucial to make sure that these images teaches them to love and respect who they are ; that which the Lord will approve of..

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    February 21, 2013 at 2:15 am

    When I was coming up my mother was a very classy, virtuous, formal, educated, self respecting women. my siblings and I never saw her dress like a gold digging supericial slut or carry her self in a tacky manner that embarrassed or humiliated her husband n family. She would always wear her skirts 2 inches below her knees, etc. and she did not believe in wearing pants. Even to this day when I think of my mother I imagine a loving respectful mother, wife, homemaker, teacher, and church going women. What I do not understand why are some bw now a days so very easily accepting to images and things that disrespect and mock their existence in their husband and childrens faces.

  62. avatar

    having longer lashes

    February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

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    February 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    There is something else that I failed to mention in my previous post about this Fashion Royalty Adele doll. The image that is being debated was taken from a collector’s personal photos. This is not an official image from Integrity Toys and the owner of the photo never gave their consent for it to be used. Someone’s privacy was invaded to forward an agenda using an 8 year old doll that is marketed and sold to adults. This is why people need to do their homework before they start rumors over a non existent issue.

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    February 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Sorry folks, all the hub-bub over a doll that is not Barbie doll. The doll is made by Integrity toys and sells for about $85.00. It was designed for doll collectors and not so much for your little girls. There is an entire fleet of these things both male and female. Most of them are white. The are the product of designer and Asian-American, Jason Wu. Search for his facebook page under integity toys. They have been around for quite a while. Top-of-the-line models sell for about $250.00. Adele is not the top doll. The dolls are not risque but do have more pronounced breasts than Barbie. The dolls, unlike Barbie, have nipples on their breasts. They were not intended to be an insult to blacks as best I can tell.

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      February 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      The asterisks were not my doing. This website blocks out words that it thinks are offensive. Why have an adult conversation and edit for chidren?

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    Stephanie F

    February 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    My people my people please there are much more bigger issues we as a community need to discuss than this very LIFELIKE yes I said it-doll. Barbie has always been SEXY regardless of color and to all you “naturals” making these bogus comments the man upstairs knows your heart and it can not be all that natural when you won’t accept all FORMS of beauty. I think we need a plus size Barbie next with curves and bootay to match…Now take that!

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    Julia Van Eyken

    February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    If we are raising our daughters to love themselves just as God made them then we should not take offense to a doll. We can not be offendede when we are the ones perpetuating this image. Its a doll stop being so touchy and get over it.

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    Nubiana Love

    February 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    It’s all about money, a “materialistic” barbie, is another way to gain profit. If our people are dissatisfied about the new black barbie image, then maybe our people should stop complaining, get creative, and design another “natural” beauty barbie for submission. This is just my opinion, thanks for sharing this have a great day. *Don’t Buy Her, Don’t Look at her, & Keep it Moving.

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    February 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    It’s not just the doll -regardless of the maker) we should be complaining about it’s our own self immage that we portray. Some are upset about the doll but they will allow their daughters and sons to dress far worst than what I see here.

    Now, don’t get upset when they come out with a Ken doll with his pants saggin when we won’t or can’t address our living dolls (our children) about how they are dressed. I see too many grown folks with their 2 year olds in tow with theirs and the childs pants saggin. I see too many grown folks ith platinum hair, exaggerated eye lashes etc… This is a true case of art imitating life not vise versa.

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      April 14, 2013 at 2:32 am

      So true!

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    February 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Ok, folks lets get a grip here. This is more than likely one of the high fashion collector Barbies that is not meant for play by kids. I have a few from years back. BEFORE you complain at Mattel, look at some of the sisters on TV and around your hood. They dress and look like this. Not all do, but some do! There is no way they could make a doll to please everyone. We’re all different, this is just one take. How many sisters do you see around the way wearing blond, blue, crazy ass reds and oranges? With weaves down to their behinds, etc.. So DON”T be mad a Mattel! Look at many entertainers. We gotta stop blaming white folks for every damn thing. And there are some black women who work at Mattel in Barbie’s division.

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    February 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Can’t the black barbie resemble the other but with black features (now, don’t go overboard) and be fully clothed!!!!! Come on Mattel!

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    elaine jones

    February 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Blame everybody but ourselves. I see black barbie everywhere I go. Beyonce is an entertainer; probably very different from her onstage persona. Young women today need a reality check. Walking around in knock of red bottoms shoes (or worse buying them with money better spent on necessities) and bad weaves. They look silly and this doll is a replica of this silliness. Don’t be upset when, you perpetuate a negative stereotype of yourself and that stereotype becomes others perception of you.

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    February 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Adele, Barbie or whatever… If this is an adult collector’s doll will it or has it been placed or listed as a toy? Because if it is an adult toy, then I’m sure it will not be effective as the inflatible dolls. So, where has the doll been distributed since 2004? Is this a toy?

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    February 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Upon reading many of the comments, I’ve learned the doll is not marketed to children, having said that, if it was I would definitely have a problem with the outfit, namely the cleavage, but not so much the hair. Why? Because just because you haven’t seen any brown people with natural blond hair, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I know they exist. They are mixed, some have kinky blond some have straight and the skin tones vary. I hate to see hatred toward anyone. We should know better, ijs.

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      Jah Larry Dread

      February 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      True amaria, I have a few cousins who are naturally blond with hazel color eyes and a few with sandy/red hair. They are nowhere near the majority at the family functions. The majority are the ones with the weaves and/or hair pieces (extensions)! So what’s up setting about this adult collector’s item?

      Quoting Vanessa: “Many of the sustahs look like this, borrowed & bought hair, blond, and scantily clad, so no need for some 2 get upset. Look out your window or take a walk in the prodominately blk areas and this is what you’ll see. Mattel got it right………LOL”

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    February 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I see nothing wrong with the doll!! I think she’s petty but I object to a doll for youngsters that has her breasts out !! There’s no need for that.. DID MATTEL MAKE THIS DOLL????

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    March 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

    thats a bad ass doll, i love it

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    African Americans are a people that every other nationality want to define us with one mind-set. Well, we don’t all think a like, we don’t all dress a like and we sure don’t all look a like. But isn’t this the way that our female musicians and actresses dress that really make money? They are not every African American Role Model. So, there should be other African American dolls dressed more conservative (i.e., Not showing their breast and wearing blonde hair). But no, the manufacturers are not going to produce diverse African American Dolls because they want us categorized one way. This story is so old to me; it goes back to slavery.

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