Mattel introduced Barbie in 1959 and gave her an African-American friend (Christie) in 1968, but the official, Afro-sporting Black Barbie wasn’t unveiled until 1980. Her arrival sparked a desegregation movement that changed the Barbie landscape forever: Hispanic Barbie made her debut later that year, followed by Oriental Barbie in 1981.
To commemorate Black Barbie’s 30th birthday, Mattel has released a special-edition African American Heritage Barbie, who comes dressed in the same ’80s-inspired Barbie doll pink outfit as the original. Each commemorative doll also comes with an additional outfit (a white tuxedo with gold sequins), a change of shoes and three collector’s cards. And just like the original, a pink Afro pick is also included.