Thursday, October 29, 2020

Yara Shahidi Barbie

I preordered the Yara Shahidi Barbie from Amazon in September. The doll arrived during the third week of October. 

The doll's face is thinner than the actress's face in my opinion. Otherwise, her features are captured well. She has brown painted eyes and black rooted natural-textured hair with painted on "baby hair." 

As illustrated in the photo immediately above, the box lining is yellow with the phrase, "RAISE YOUR VOICE VOTE" printed throughout. 

Sculpt comparison: the Mrs. Which (Oprah) Barbie and the Yara Shahidi Barbie - their noses differ, the smiles differ, the cheekbones differ.

Based on the prototype photos, some collectors thought this doll uses the Oprah/Mrs. Which head sculpt. The side-by-side headshot captures of the Mrs. Which doll and the Yara Shahidi doll above confirm this is not true.

Details from the Barbie.Mattel site also confirm that the doll uses its own head sculpt.
  • Label: Gold Label®
  • Designer: Carlyle Nuera
  • Release Date: 9/23/2020
  • Included with doll: Blazer, t-shirt, pants, shoes, backpack, ballot, doll stand
  • Eyelashes: Painted
  • Fashion: "Vote" t-shirt, gray blazer and matching pants
  • Fashion Sewn On?: No
  • Body Type: Made to Move Petite
  • Doll Stand: Yes
  • Facial sculpt: Yara Shahidi (sculpted to likeness)
  • Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13" x 3" x 9"

An in-the-box full-view of Yara Shahidi Barbie

Yara Shahidi Barbie wears a gray tweed-ish pants suit, white tee with VOTE printed on the front, and white high-top sneakers. 

Most of the VOTE T-shirt is visible in this photo.

An "I voted" sticker is attached to her backpack. The fabric and print of her pants suit are visible in this picture.

She holds a black backpack in one hand with an "I voted" sticker on the front. A ballot is held in the other hand.

Close-up of the 2020 ballot

On one side panel, VOTE is repeated at the top with SHAHIDI printed in bold letters at the bottom.YARA, in bold letters, is written at the top of the other side along with VOTE repeated on the lower half. 

 The actress is pictured on the back of the box holding a megaphone.

On the back of the box, Shahidi is quoted, "This is our right, this is our duty, this is our chance to call the shots."

A brief bio of the actress on the back of the box is shown above and transcribed below. The back of the box also has a scannable register to vote barcode. 

Actress, model, and activist Yara Shahidi is a young woman who is using her exuberant voice to inspire change. Passionate about empowering her peers, Yara has used her stage to launch We Vote Next, which strives to help new voters learn about the impact of using their voice and their vote to shape the future. Yara Shahidi is honored as a Barbie "Shero," a woman who has broken boundaries to inspire the next generation. Girls need more role models like Yara, because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that they can makes all the difference.

As indicated on the back of the box, the doll is fully posable. As of this time, the doll is available at Barbie.Mattel here and also on Amazon here.

With voting soon concluding for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, I urge you to utilize your voice to vote for the best candidate who can effectively run this country, who cares about all Americans. If you have not yet voted and are undecided, I hope you will be able to decide appropriately and vote your decision between now and November 3rd.


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