Barbie in Color: Vogue The Barbie Issue

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Image via Vogue.co.uk

Bellisimo! This special edition of Vogue printed back in 2009 is absolutely beautiful and filled with Barbie’s of color. This collector’s supplement to Vogue Italia’s most iconic edition; the Black Issue, features the magazine styles on the iconic doll. The first Black Issue, starring models including Iman, Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez and Jourdan Dunn –  was conceived by Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia,with the intention of sending a message to the fashion world about the importance of diversity in fashion.

 

Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.

-Sozzani, Vogue Italia

The first black doll from Barbie was introduced in 1967, as a friend of Barbie called Francie, followed by the first “Black Barbie” doll,  introduced in 1980. The same year this edition was released Mattel launched of a collection of black Barbie dolls, called the So In Style dolls; which have been designed with more authentic-looking black features, including a new facial sculpt that has fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair.

See the beauty for yourself and if you’re willing to spend a pretty penny you can find a copy of this collector’s item on Ebay.

 

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