Ethnic Barbies
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Index:

Bild-Lilli, Barbie's predecessor

Barbie's Introduction

Barbie's early history

Barbie's biography

Barbie the doll

Barbie's Manufacturers Markings

Barbie's controversies

Barbie's friends and relatives

Barbie's fashion

Barbie through the ages, 1959 - 2009

Barbie luxury doll to massproduction

Barbie as collectors object

Silkstone Barbie doll

How to care Barbie's head?

How to care Barbie's body?

How to care Barbie's clothes?

Barbie versus Bratz

Dolls of the My Scene-line

The five different collector types

Glossary of Abbreviations

Miscellaneous


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Hispanic Barbie:
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There were among others: “Hispanic Talking Barbie”, she had dark brown hair,
while all other features remained the same as for the caucasian Barbie – and
of course she spoke Spanish.
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1983 the first appeared with the international Series from Mattel, the box had a
bilingual text and her head originated from a “Steffie” headmold.
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1983 Mattel issued the following dolls: Twirly Curls "Ricitos" Barbie
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1983 Sensational Malibu Barbie
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1983 Sun Gold Malibu Barbie
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1985 appeared a Spanish version of the ”Day to Night Barbie”
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1986 following the dolls came in Spanish versions: Dream Glow Barbie
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1986 Tropical Barbie
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1987 the: “My First” was sold as a store-special.
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1989 appeared the “Mexican Barbie” of the: "Dolls of the World" collection. (Originally labeled as "International" Series) and also another special version of the .
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1989 UNICEF Barbie
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1990 three new Hispanic Barbies” appeared on the market: Summit Barbie
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1990 Flight Time Barbie
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1990 Fashion Play Barbie
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1992 another new series of the: "Dolls of the World" the“Spanish Barbie”, wearing a traditional catalan costume was presented. In addition in that same Year came an edition of “Woolworth's Special Expression Barbie” and “Fantastica- Barbie”, which were the first ones that came with a "Teresa" headmold, instead of the standard"Steffie" mold, this particularely to create a better hispanic appearance.
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This "Teresa" headmold has been used previously in 1986, for Barbie's spanish friend Teresa and it reamned the only mold used for all the hispanic dolls” between 1992 - 1995.
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1993 a “Festiva Barbie” was presented by a large distributor, together with the Woolworth department stores.
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1994 Walmart also issued a spanish version of the  “Country Western Star” series.
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1995 the “Country Bride” – Barbie was offered for sale.
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1987, 89, 90, 92, 95 Mattel produced hispanic versions of:  “My first Barbie” and also:
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“Fun to dress” 1990, 93, 94 as well as:
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“Fashion Play” 1991
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1997 the “Puerto Rican Barbie” was offered in the Dolls of the World series.
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1998 the “Chilean Barbie”, another newcomer to the Dolls of the World series.
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1999 came a second edition, the „Peruvian Barbie“ to the Dolls of the World series.
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African American Barbie:
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1967 Mattel marketed an African-American Version of Barbie’s Cousin: Francie as well as another one named: Christie (1968).
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1980 Mattel released the African American Barbie for the first time. Mattel produced her together with a caucasian and a hispanic doll, enabling the girls of these ethnic groups to find themselves within their identity. This also was the very first time that an African-American doll had been distributed with the Name Barbie.
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1980 being the first Year to edit an African-American doll with the Barbie Label on the market and Mattel used the same „Steffie“- headmold just as before with the hispanic Barbie. Only difference, the skin tone which was considerably darker and the Afro-Look of her hairstyle, this had been very popular in the early eighties. She resembles almost identically the well known singer: Diana Ross.
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1982 the black Barbie, (as labeled by Mattel ), became an instant big hit, and  consequently every Year together with the leading, caucasian- also an African-American Barbie appeared.
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1990 the first African American Barbie: “Starlight Splendor” was edited within the collection of Bob Mackie.
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1990 the popular „Holiday Barbie“ offered an African-American for the first time in their series.
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1991 Mattel released an ethnic correct doll with the all new Shani doll line.
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1993 Mattel came with the first African-American doll also in the classic line, called: “Evening Extravaganza”.
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1994“Kenya Barbie”, joined the Dolls of the World collection, she had been the first Barbie with a short, ethnic hairstyle. Kenya Barbie also had the prettiest face of them all up to now.
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1997 came the “Runway Collection”, and Designer Byron Lars presented his creations: “In the Limelight” and “Ruby Radiance” in a unique collection which only consists of African-American dolls.
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1997 the series “Black Glamor” appeared in December.
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1980 Mattel edited another line of collector dolls prone to success, among them celebrities such as: Bob Mackie's African Goddess, Byron Lars' Plume Royal and the 40th Anniversary Barbie, just to name the most popular of them.
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Asian Pacific Barbie:
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1975 the very first Barbie with ethnic characteristics appeared on the market, it was the “Hawaiian Barbie”. She had an olive toned skin color, dark hair and her eyes were painted with typical oriental lines matching with the "Steffie" headmold. She wore a "grass skirt", typical of the costume of Hawaii's Hula Dancers.
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Steffie is a discontinued friend of Barbie, but Mattel still uses the head mold for other dolls; some collectors consider it one of the prettier head molds used.
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1981 Mattel issued the Oriental (Hong Kong) Barbie in the popular International Series. She was dressed in a Cheongsam dress and was the first doll to use the new oriental head mold.
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1983 Mattel released another Hawaiian Barbie, she used the "Steffie" Head mold and wore a bikini top and a wrap-around beach skirt.
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1985 a second oriental doll was released representing the country of Japan. Japanese Barbie wore a red kimono and her hair styled like a Geisha girl. Mattel released a second Japanese Barbie in 1996, she wore a pink kimono and her hair style is long.
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1988 Barbie received her first Oriental friend "Beach Fun Miko" and Barbie was also released a Korean Barbie wearing a lovely traditional South Korean dress for the International Series and it is one of the alltime favorite Barbies.
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1989 and in 1990 Mattel released a UNICEF Barbie Summit. UNICEF wears a blue gown and Summit a white gown.
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1991 Mattel released the Malaysia Barbie. She wore a purple and gold Songket and is the first doll made in the country that she represented. She is quite lovely.
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1991 Mattel also released a little know doll for Singapore Airlines. Singapore Girl as she is called comes in two variations, one with dark and the other with pale face paint; both wore the Singapore Airlines' stewardess uniform.
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1991 Mattel released Filipina Barbie in the Philippines. She came in several different hand beaded dresses that reflect the culture of their country. Each doll edition had a different ethnic appearance, one for each of the ethnic groups of the Philippines. To the general  knowledge, there were six different dolls released and only 500 of each doll were made. 
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1993 a second Filipina Barbie series with different hand beaded dresses was released. This edition was limited to 1000 dolls for each of the nine dolls in the series. 
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1993 Mattel released Chinese Barbie in a two piece cherry blossom dress with long black hair.
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1995 Filipina was released wearing authentic tribal outfits from the different ethnic groups. There were seven dolls issued in this series.
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1995 Barbie returned in the "grass skirt" costume as Polynesian Barbie of the Dolls of the World Series.
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1996 Mattel did something totally superb by releasing Oshogatsu (Japanese for New Year) Barbie, she had long dark hair and wore a red plum blossom kimono. Red is the color of good luck in the orient and plum blossoms bloom during the New Year season in Japan. Mattel returned to the "Steffie" head mold for this doll (maybe because this head mold was so popular among the collectors)...
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1997 Mattel released three oriental dolls that were very different from one another. First the second Happy New Year Barbie was released, using again the "Steffie" head mold, but this time her hair style was short and she wore a pink cherry blossom kimono.
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1997 The second doll for 1997 was Chinese Empress Barbie, wearing the traditional costume typical of Dowager Empress Tz's-hsi's wardrobe, she ruled China from 1861-1908.
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1997 the third doll for was Sapphire Splendor, designed by Bob Mackie for the Gem Collection, she is the only Asian doll in the popular Mackie Designer Series. Although Asian Pink Box Barbies are not as plentiful as the African American or Hispanic dolls that were released in the last decade, they are according to many collectors, quality collectable pieces.
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He first four asia dolls in pink boxes were:
“My First Barbie” - 1994
“My First Princess” -1995
“My First Tea Party” - 1996
“My First Jewelry Fun” - 1997
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1998 Bob Mackie Designer Barbie is called Fantasy Goddess of Asia Barbie. Photos show her holding a fan, she wears a golden gown with fan attached to the back of the dress, the dresses fan has a dragon's picture on it. Her hair is styled in a braid pulled to the top of her head, she is a lovely doll. 
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1998 Spiegel has an exclusive Barbie called Golden Qi-Pao Barbie, she was designed to commemorate the first anniversary of the Britsh handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese. Qi-Pao Barbie is dressed in a traditional long dress of gold lace, accented in rhinestones and golden rosettes, and matching gold shoes. She is wearing "jade" jewerlry. Her dark hair is styled in a chignon.
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Native American Barbie:
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1982 Mattel issued Eskimo Barbie in the International Series. She was the first Barbie doll that represented the indigenous people of North America.
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1991 this doll was reissue. Both versions of Eskimo Barbie wore a "fur" trimmed white parka and boots. Both dolls used the "Oriental" head mold. The back of the dolls' box has information about the Eskimo people and a few language phrases.
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1993 Native American Barbie was released as part of the "Dolls of the World" series. She wears a cream color traditional tribal costume and on the box's backside there is a brief overview of the Native American traditions. This doll was an instant hit with the collectors and the doll became hard to find. Due to this popularity and demand Mattel reissued her with the Toy R Us store chain. This doll used the "Diva" head mold.
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1994 The next Native American Doll in this series was issued. She is dress in the traditional "buckskin" Pow Wow Dress. 
Her box describes the Pow wow Ceremony. This doll uses the "Teresa" head mold. The third doll in the "Dolls of the World" series to represent Native Americans was in 1995. She wears a dark pink outfit that is updated version on the tribal Pow Wow attire. The back of the box describes different Native American Dances and the Pow wow Ceremony. This doll also uses the "Teresa" head mold.
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1995 The third doll in the "Dolls of the World" series to represent Native Americans. She wears a dark pink outfit that is updated version on the tribal Pow Wow attire. The back of the box describes different Native American Dances and the Pow wow Ceremony. This doll also uses the "Teresa" head mold.
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The fourth doll in this Series was only sold at Toy R Us chains. She wears a tan, traditional "buckskin "dress that is trimmed in dark blue. The back of the box has information on the Native Americans. This doll used the "Diva" face mold and is a general favorite...
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1996 Mattel released American Indian Barbie as part of the new American Stories Collection. The doll is dress in a dark brown traditional style costume the doll comes with her baby cousin Blue Feather. There is a storybook about the doll adventures with her cousin included in the box. This doll use the "Superstar: head mold.
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1997 Mattel release Arctic Barbie. Arctic Barbie represents the Inuits. She is dressed in a fur trimmed dark tan parka, pants and boots. The boxes' back describes the traditions and customs of the Inuits.
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1997 a second story book American Indian Barbie was released in 1997. She wore a dark blue traditional dress and comes with baby sister Little Cloud. The book is a story about Barbie and her baby sister on their way to an outing. Barbie describes the animals and the special gifts each animal gives to their tribe. In1998 Native American Barbie was released early in the year.
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