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Unveiling History: ‘Black Barbie’ Documentary Premiering on Netflix

“Black Barbie” is coming!

As a Barbie doll enthusiast and collector, the upcoming Netflix documentary “Black Barbie” holds a special place in my heart. Scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, this film promises to unveil the captivating journey behind creating the first Black Barbie doll.

Written and directed by Lagueria Davis, with executive production by the visionary Shonda Rhimes, “Black Barbie” delves into the intricate tale of how the iconic Black Barbie came to life. From inception to realization, the documentary promises to provide a nuanced understanding of the cultural significance and impact of this groundbreaking doll.

Black Barbie Netflix documentary poster

Reflecting on my own personal journey as a Barbie collector, I can’t help but reminisce about the first Black Barbie doll I ever received. At the tender age of 5, she graced my collection with her undeniable beauty, dressed in a stunning long grey mink coat and Sergio Valente Jeans. She was more than just a doll; she was a symbol of representation and empowerment.

As I eagerly anticipate the premiere of “Black Barbie,” I find myself wondering about fellow collectors who share my passion for these timeless treasures. Are there others out there who, like me, cherish the history and significance behind each Barbie doll in their collection?

The beauty of Barbie lies not only in her physical appearance but also in the stories she embodies and the dreams she inspires. From fashion to careers, Barbie has continuously evolved to mirror the changing landscape of society, breaking barriers and challenging norms along the way.

With “Black Barbie,” we have the opportunity to celebrate not only the diversity within the Barbie universe but also the resilience and determination of those who dared to redefine beauty standards and pave the way for inclusivity.

Image of the first Black Barbie which debuted in 1980.

So, to all fellow Barbie collectors and enthusiasts, I extend an invitation to join me on June 19th as we embark on a journey through history, guided by the remarkable tale of Black Barbie. Let’s celebrate diversity, representation, and the power of storytelling as we honor the legacy of this iconic doll.




Article By: Mo Glover | Monique (Mo) Glover is a NY-based fashion designer with two decades of experience designing for emerging womenswear and children’s retail brands. Six years ago, she launched her own label bearing her son’s name, ZYEM NYC. Her Black American heritage has been rooted in NYC since the 1940s in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Coming of age in NYC, traveling across the globe, and experiencing childhood with her son, Zyem, and his friends, inspires the inter-generational style showcased in her work.


Instagram: @zyem_nyc


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