I’ve thrown a little shade at Barbara Millicent Roberts — better known as Barbie — over the years. But that isn’t because I don’t LOVE Barbie’s style and wish I too could have a pink Caddy, dream house, and a veritable battery of lucrative and fun occupations. I’ve just had a hard time finding a Barbie within my price range, who also has the kind of features and style a bella like me can truly relate to.

Which is why the just-launched Barbie Basics collection is giving me EVERYTHING right now.

Phillip _Crangi_M1

Bellas, behold designer Philip Crangi’s one-of-a-kind Barbie doll. She is part of a collection of 12 fabulous dolls, who each are sporting their unique designer silhouette of the classic little black dress. Not to mention – these Barbies can be customized with “ultra-chic accessory packs, including shoes, scarfs, jewelry and more.” Oh. My.

My inner child has been awakened, and thankfully this LBD-loving Barbie Basics line is also for a fabulous cause!


To celebrate the launch of the LBD-loving Barbie Basics line, twelve CFDA fashion and accessories designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd , Tory Burch, Rachel Roy and Monica Botkier, created one-of-a-kind dolls spotlighting their unique points-of-view. Starting January 28 at 10pm EST through February 7, these individually styled pieces of art will be auctioned off on eBay with the entire net proceeds directly benefiting CFDA education initiatives and scholarship program. The opening bid begins at $100.

So you too can own the fiercest Barbie you may have seen thus far — here she is at the regular price of $27.90 (but she’s on backorder till March!) and here she is in her full Philip Crangi LBD glory! *Snaps in a Z*!

Click here for the EBAY auction, and click here to find out more about the Barbie Basics line.


BK says:
January 29, 2010, 11:23 am
Oh wow I need one of these just for GP
SJay says:
January 29, 2010, 11:25 am
Love her!
JenG says:
January 29, 2010, 11:35 am
I want a barbie! I had a barbie as a child and Skipper too!
Tasha says:
January 29, 2010, 11:38 am
If I didn't think my niece would destroy it, I would so buy this for her. Hmmm...maybe I'll get it insured ;)
Niki says:
January 29, 2010, 1:11 pm
Those dolls are giving me FE-VAH! I want to buy the whole lot of them for myself!
Zelia says:
January 29, 2010, 1:14 pm
I've been reading for a while and never made a comment, but I will for barbie. lol I haven't bought one of these yet, but I do have 50-60 barbies now and most of them are black or ethnic in some way. Look at the barbies by Byron Lars if you really want to see some awesome dolls.
TraceyJoy76 says:
January 29, 2010, 11:30 am
I think I may have to start doll collecting again. She is lovely.
Black British Chick says:
January 29, 2010, 3:57 pm
Let me tell you in the UK the BNP would firebomb out any shop selling that there Barbie. But I LOVE her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can we get them here in England???
SoFrolushes says:
January 29, 2010, 4:18 pm
These dolls are sooooo cute. love the short fro and then the one with the long flowing hair and plunging neckline reminds me of Naomi Campbell
Angie O says:
January 29, 2010, 4:30 pm
OMG!!! LOVE THEM! They look like they're styled after celebrities though - like 2nd from left could easily be Beyonce, and the one next to her could be Amy Winehouse... maybe our fierce afrobella barbie is Alek Wek?
Lee says:
January 29, 2010, 6:28 pm
Indeed fierce. I've never been a big doll person, even when I was a kid, but I would get this one. Love it.
Luvvie says:
January 29, 2010, 6:51 pm
iLIVE!!! This line of Barbies is FIERCE!!!
MaddaPeppa says:
January 29, 2010, 6:08 pm
My 7 year old sister just said '' wow, it looks like America's Next Top Model' lol.. @ Black British Chick - UK in the housseee! :)
MsKaos says:
January 29, 2010, 10:59 pm
I wasnt allowed to have Barbies as a child bc even Black Barbie just didnt represent who they wanted their lil girl to grow up to be. Now these dolls may have made my parents think differently! About damn time!!! Love it!!
joijoy says:
February 1, 2010, 8:44 pm
All I can say is LOVE IT! :-)
Kori says:
February 3, 2010, 2:52 am
I saw her at Target and stood and stared for like a hour. Should I go back and get it? umm yes I should!
Tonya says:
February 3, 2010, 10:23 pm
I have seen these dolls in the store and I thought that this one in particular was beautiful. As I stood in the check out line a lady with relaxed hair went on and on about how ugly this doll was and was so negative. I wanted to set her straight so badly, but obviously she was too ignorant to appreciate anything I had to say about natural african beauty!
misha says:
February 4, 2010, 1:50 am
Love it!!
Lia says:
February 5, 2010, 7:56 am
It would be wonderful to be able to buy the Black dolls in particular as there are so many young Black children in the UK who still fail the doll test.
Renee says:
March 3, 2010, 11:40 pm
That is one beautiful doll - so beautiful that I bought the doll, (first Barbie I ever bought) to add to the collection my brother in law has started for my daughter, but decided to keep her for myself. I guess I have to buy another one for her. Now if I could just get those Louboutin Barbie boots for her.
Renee says:
March 3, 2010, 11:43 pm
I forgot to add that I was so excited about the doll (as she has my same hair style and I happened to have on a long sleeve black jersey dress) that I went up to a total stranger in the parking lot and showed him the doll. He said "Oh, I thought u were gonna show me a badge" - he was selling bootleg dvd's - LOL!
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