Mattel adds figure of revered writer to its ‘Inspiring Women’ series alongside Rosa Parks and Florence Nightingale

During her lifetime, Maya Angelou was honoured with the US’s highest civilian honour, receiving the presidential medal of freedom from Barack Obama, as well as the national medal of arts from Bill Clinton. Now tribute is being paid to the late poet and civil rights activist from a less presidential sphere: toy manufacturer Mattel has announced that Angelou is to become a Barbie doll.

The new Barbie, whose face is “sculpted to Dr Angelou’s likeness” and who is wearing a head-wrap, jewellery and floral print dress on its “curvy body”, joins Rosa Parks and Florence Nightingale in the “Inspiring Women” series of Barbie dolls.

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