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The final images in our series with @shionat! "My vision was to style diverse dolls in bold looks with themes seen throughout my work, like contrasting snakeskin and leopard challenging traditional uniformity. When I worked on the movie 'Queen & Slim' the stand-out, ‘hero’ look for me was mixing snakeskin and tiger prints in the same look. The contrast of the two patterns completely subverts expectations, and I was excited to use the same formula on pieces such as Barbie’s thigh-high boots to break the traditional mold of dolls I had grown up playing with. Collaborating with @barbiestyle is a childhood dream given I spent countless hours with my cousin playing with Barbie" -Shiona Turini. 🖤 #shionaturini #blackhistorymonth #barbie #barbiestyle
The new collection is part of Barbie Style, a series that merges fashion, art, and culture. “I grew up obsessed with Barbie and while she was one of my first fashion icons, I clearly remember searching shelves for a doll that looked like me and coming up empty-handed,” says Turini. “The first black Barbie was introduced in 1980—in a sparkly red dress with an Afro pick in her hair.” Turini decided to pay homage to the original black Barbie by reintroducing her into the new lineup. She also added a bunch of new dolls into the collection, styled to celebrate the diversity of black culture.