The creative mind behind the movie "Queen & Slim" has designed Barbie's latest looks, in honor of Black History Month.
Mattel worked with costume designer Shiona Turini to equip a set of Barbies in 10 different hair styles, skin tones and body types.
"Thank you @barbiestyle, for collaborating with me to create Barbies with braids, finger waves and everything else," Turini writes in an Instagram subtitle announcing the collaboration. Layered chicks, all different flavors. And even a curvy doll, in a short top, with twists to the waist. Baby Shiona is PROUD.
Each aspect of the Barbies was inspired by three themes of color: monochrome, snakeskin mixed with black and white colors and sorbet. Although the outfits themselves are not for sale, the dolls that model them are part of a new release of the Barbie dolls of Black History Month.
"My vision was to design diverse dolls with a bold look with themes seen throughout my work, such as snake skin and leopard contrast, challenging traditional uniformity," says Turini, adding that he spent many childhood hours dressing up Barbies
"I grew up obsessed with @barbie and, although it was one of my first fashion icons, I clearly remember that I looked on a shelf for a doll that looked like me and appeared empty-handed," she writes on Instagram.
Turini was inspired by the first black Barbie, presented in 1980 dressed in a bright red dress with an afro. Turini's red collection pays tribute to the doll. Mattel has also brought that first black Barbie, dressed in deep red like a black Barbie doll of the 40th anniversary.
Lately, Mattel has been releasing a range of diverse dolls in different sizes, colors, skills and professions to keep up. Recent additions include the gender-neutral Barbie, the Barbie Fashionistas line, the Barbie Wellness collection and Judge Barbie.
Here is a look at the inspiration behind each collection.
On Instagram, Turini points out that she is "the Barbie with curves at the top of the crop," which is the fourth from the left. “Thank you @barbiestyle for making my childhood dreams come true, customizing these snake skin boots + monkeys inspired by @queenandslim, going through the arduous process of turning Barbie and allowing me the freedom to create something special so that my community can to be represented in such an iconic brand, "he writes on Instagram." Life is good in the house of dreams. "
In the red collection, you can clearly see Turini's personal style in his own red-clad outfit on Instagram, and this red collection reflects the first black Barbie that shone with red sparkles. “Here it is, on your personalized throne, surrounded by friends created and designed by me. I hope other young children and adult Barbie lovers are as excited to be reflected in these dolls as I am. ”
In the "brights" collection, Turini says: "While leafing through the styles, a green sorbet coat completely captured my attention. I loved it so much that I built a complete vignette around it."