|Barbie Style Grace|
Mattel's So In Style doll line was discontinued after the release of the 2014 Prom dolls. Mattel kept the Grace, friend-of-Barbie, character, but dropped the So In Style brand. After seeing one of the three non-SIS Grace dolls used as the doll for Blue, the youngest character on the Oprah Winfrey Network series, Queen Sugar, it was a no-brainer that the collector in me needed the doll.
The name, Grace, is not printed on the doll's box; however, the doll uses the Grace head sculpt and complexion, is described as Grace in the Barbie community and is listed as Barbie Style Grace on Amazon. On Queen Sugar, Blue calls her Kenya.
|Grace's jewelry consists of clear hoop earrings and a faux multistrand silver necklace.|
The doll's hair on the show initially appeared blonde to me. Set lighting possibly attributed to this illusion. Grace's true hair color is reddish brown with highlights. Her eyelashes are rooted and her eyes are green.
Grace's fashionable outfit includes a pullover gray sweater with attached mock black and white polka dot shirt, purple skirt with sheer blue floral-print overlay, beige strappy high-heel sandals that match her designer-style handbag, and an extra pair of pink flats.
|Feet are designed to wear flats or heels.|
|Illustrated are her tan-trimmed, beige designer-style hand bag and the skirt's overlay of sheer blue floral-print fabric.|
I have not deboxed Grace to test her 100+ poses, as indicated on the back of the box. For now, I will have to take Mattel's word for this claim.
|Grace and the other Barbie Style dolls are shown on the back of the box.|
A reader of my previous post about Blue's doll asked: "but why is he carrying the doll?" I answered, "Maybe she is a substitute for his mother, or maybe he just likes her."
DuVernay answers the reader's question in the article, A Black Boy and a Barbie Named Kenya: Why Ava DuVernay's 'Queen Sugar' Goes Where Many Black Stories Won't.
Episode 4 of Queen Sugar airs tonight at 10 Eastern 9 Central. Check your local listings. My DVR is set!
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