|Ava DuVernay Barbie, a Platinum Label doll, is limited to 999 dolls worldwide.|
In the wee-wee hours (almost 4 a.m. CST to be exact) of December 29, 2015, I decided hesitantly to check personal email on my personal desktop computer before beginning my work day on the company's computer. I was hesitant because the end of the month is always hectic and I only had one more working day in the year, having scheduled time off for the remaining days of 2015. Well I threw caution to the wind and I am so-glad-I-did!
As I opened Outlook, an email filtered through from a fellow collector, whom I will refer to as TL. Her email informed that she had just ordered the Ava DuVernay Barbie from Amazon . com and just had to "let another black doll lover know." I am so grateful she chose me! I could not navigate to Amazon . com fast enough to enter "Ava DuVernay Barbie" in the search box to see if quantities were still available. There were and I hurriedly one-click shopped, which was followed by a huge sigh of relief. I kept going back to the "status of your orders" page to double-check that the order had actually been placed. An email confirmation from Amazon . com followed. "Yes!"
I am sorry that I could not take the time to post the information about the doll in a blog post, but (as indicated, I needed to begin my work day and I knew by the time I published the blog, the doll might be sold out resulting in unnecessary disappointment for those who desired it but again missed out. I did share it with a few people in one of my Facebook groups who were as fortunate as I am, (thanks to TL), to successfully place an order.
Thank you, once again TL for the heads up. By that afternoon, just as I assumed, all dolls had been sold.
I took several pictures of this difficult-to-own, super-limited Platinum Label doll which are shared below.
The first five photos were taken with the doll in the box.
|The real Ava has dreadlocks. The doll has double-strand twists, which extend almost to her waist. She has beautiful brown eyes and lush, painted-on eyelashes. Her hint of lip color is lined with a contrasting color.|
|Side view of the two-strand twists|
|Another in-the-box photo was taken at an angle to eliminate as much flash as possible.|
|Close-up in-box photo|
|The graphics on the box liner create a perfect director's setting with cameras and lights that appear three-dimensional.|
|Ava wears a black long-sleeved turtleneck shirt...|
|...denim pants, and red and white sneakers for comfort.|
|Almost as stylish as the real Ava DuVernay, on one wrist, the doll wears a copper-tone chain bracelet with one disk-shaped charm. On the other wrist...|
|...she wears a faux wood bangle.|
|Here's another look at the director's chair.|
|The back of the box has a beautiful portrait of Ava DuVernay and offers a brief bio, which I have copied below.|
D Nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden
Globes, writer/director Ava DuVernay’s most recent film
u “Selma” chronicled the historic 1965 voting rights
campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She won the
V Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in
2012 for her acclaimed feature “Middle of Nowhere.”
E Her previous narrative and documentary work includes
the feature film “I Will Follow” and the documentaries
R “Venus vs.,” “My Mic Sounds Nice” and “This is the Life.”
In 2010, she founded ARRAY, an independent film
N distribution and resource organization for filmmakers of
color and women filmmakers. Prior to her directorial
A career, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and
publicist for more than 14 years through her company,
Y the DuVernay Agency. She was born, raised and loves
life in Los Angeles, California.
Shortly after the first dolls sold out at TheBarbieCollector . com, this photo circulated on Facebook of the lovely actress Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), posing with her daughter's Ava DuVernay doll. I was happy Ms. Davis was able to get one for her daughter.
|Marsai Martin and her Ava DuVernay doll|
|Deb and her Ava DuVernay doll|
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