Madam C. J. Walker Barbie Doll
- Approximately 11 ½ inches tall
- Includes doll stand
We are thrilled to present the Madam C. J. Walker collectible Barbie doll!Dressed in a full-length skirt and floral print blouse with ruffle details, she is part of the Barbie Inspiring Women Series, which pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time. Incorporating some of the celebrated entrepreneur’s favorite colors in this celebration of her, the design team also considered Madam C. J. Walker’s playful and forward-thinking appreciation for fashion when they created this doll in her likeness. Complete with a tiny tin of "Madam C. J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower", this Madam C. J. Walker Barbie doll honors her unflinching determination and makes a stunning addition to any collection.
The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was orphaned at seven, married at 14, and a widow with a baby at 20. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with her discovery of a revolutionary hair-care formula for black women—everything changed.
By the time that she was 40, Madam Walker was making as much money as a white corporate executive, thanks to her popular hair-care products for black women and her brilliance at marketing them. She created a workforce of sales agents that gave African American women job options other than being washerwomen or domestics. As her prominence and wealth increased, she became a generous benefactor of black educational institutions and such a staunch supporter of the anti-lynching movement that the State Department labeled her a "race agitator" and denied her a passport in 1919.