Shiona Turini’s historical past with Barbie dolls is much like that of many black girls. Retailer cabinets could be brimming with Barbie dolls in a variety of various hair shade shades—blonde, brunette, crimson, black, and so on.—however when it got here to complexion shades, choices have been few and much between. Then, in 1980, Turini’s sigh of reduction got here within the type of a black Barbie with an afro, clad in a fireplace crimson costume with gold equipment. Now, the previous vogue editor and costume designer is making her personal Barbie historical past by collaborating with Barbie Fashion to provide a a various assortment of black dolls in honor of Black Historical past Month.
“It was essential for me to replicate Barbie as an icon by the lens of black tradition throughout Black Historical past Month,” Turini mentioned in a press release. “I drew inspiration from the primary black Barbie, who debuted her all-red look in 1980. My imaginative and prescient was to fashion numerous dolls in daring appears with themes seen all through my work, like contrasting snakeskin and leopard difficult conventional uniformity.”
Turini’s four-pronged assortment showcases the flexibility of black magnificence and options 10 fashions of various pores and skin tones and sizes, together with a doll in a wheelchair, in varied shade palettes, together with tender sherbet colours, all black, brown combined with snakeskin, and crimson, the latter impressed by and that includes the primary black Barbie doll.
“Right here she is, on her custom-made throne, surrounded by mates created and styled by me. I hope different younger youngsters, and grownup Barbie lovers, are as excited to see themselves mirrored in these dolls as I’m,” Turini wrote on Instagram.
“Thanks @barbiestyle for collaborating with me to create barbies with braids, finger waves and all the things in between. Chicks by the layers, all completely different flavors. And even a curvy doll, in a crop high, with waist size twists. Child Shiona is PROUD. Illustration issues and I’m so grateful to be part of this second,” she additionally mentioned.