AKA Centennial Barbie To Be Released by Mattel Shortly!
As a member of the oldest African American Sorority in the United States, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Inc., I was pleased when it was announced in July that the AKA Centennial Barbie was created. How gorgeous and wonderful she is! I want one so bad. The Barbie collectors website will be the primary venue to order www.barbiecollector.com. My understanding is that the doll will be released sometime during the month of August.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated 100 years in existence in Washington, DC in July. Though I am not currently financially active I witnessed a sea of pink and green all over the city and joyous smiles and laughter it brought.
The official Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. website states the following about the doll:
"The doll's unveiling culminates a process that began when Mattel learned of AKA's Centennial. As a show of pride, a representative approached the Sorority with an idea that would be memorable, capture the imagination of its members and be a keepsake that members would cherish for a lifetime. Inspired by these criteria, the company suggested the memorable doll.
McKinzie (AKA National President or Basileus (Greek)) said the Barbie Doll's symbolism goes beyond the obvious. "In addition to her beauty, the doll conveys a positive statement about African American women. This message makes the doll a treasure on several levels."
I am pleased that we have such a wonderful collector's item an African American Barbie adorned in the fabulous colors of pink and green (is so supreme!)
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.