Question: Who created the first black Barbie?

Meet the Spartanburg woman who designed Mattels first black Barbie. Fashion designer Kitty Black Perkins couldnt afford a Barbie doll as a child, but this daughter of the segregated South called the shots on the 11½ -inch icons outfits for nearly three decades.

When was the first black Barbie invented?

Over the years, many diverse dolls were available, but they were always friends of Barbie. In 1980, Mattel released the first black and Hispanic dolls named Barbie.

Was the first Barbie black?

The original Black Barbie® made her debut in 1980. Though beloved friends of Barbie® – like Christie and Francie -- were introduced over the preceding decades, this was the first black fashion doll to be hailed as Barbie® herself.

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