- African American civil rights activist Rosa Parks is honoured with a Barbie doll
- Parks became popular after she refused to give up her seat for a white in 1955
- The activist was later arrested and this led to an unrest and bus boycott in Montgomery
- Parks' arrest also brought about the desegregation of the transport system
African-American female civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, has been honoured with Barbie doll made in her image for her activism.
Parks became popular after she stood her ground not to give up her bus seat for a white man to sit in Alabama because she is black on December 1, 1955. This eventually led to her arrest which in return led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the subsequent desegregation of the transport system.
Parks is became popularly known as “the mother of the civil rights movement.”
The Rosa Parks doll by toy company, Mattel, was unveiled on Monday, August 26 in memory of the activist for the Women’s Equality Day celebration. It is part of a range of Barbie dolls dedicated to celebrating inspiring women.
Mattel created the Rosa Parks doll as part of the Inspiring Women Series dolls which is based on historical figures in the society. The series come with educational information about the contributions each woman made to society, as well as authentic clothing, CNN reports.
Others on the series include a doll honouring the first American woman in space Sally Ride.
In 2018, Mattel unveiled the Inspiring Women Series to mark International Women’s Day. The company added 17 new dolls representing real women so as to serve as role models for the girl-child to know if her role models can, she can also achieve anything they want to be.
Legit.ng had reported that towards Barbie’s 60th anniversary, British Vogue magazine invited six leading young designers to dress the iconic doll in their signature style for the September issue, among them is a Nigerian designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi.
Ogunlesi has worked with brands like Nike and celebrities like Solange, Skepta, Drake, and many more.
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