Madam C.J. Walker Added to Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series (America’s First Female Self-Made Millionaire!)

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Barbie adds an iconic figure to their Inspiring Women line!

The Barbie Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time. And now the nation’s first self-made female millionaire, Madam. C.J. Walker, has been added to Barbie’s line of Inspiring Women dolls.

Born under the name Sarah Breedlove, Walker was the daughter of former slaves. She became a successful entrepreneur founding Walker Manufacturing Co., a line of hair care products and cosmetics designed specifically for Black women.

Throughout her life, Walker supported orphanages and Black colleges and advocated for civil rights organizations and women’s rights.

Madam Walker Barbie

Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles collaborated with Mattel to add Walker to the Inspiring Women Series line of dolls.

“Their design team graciously welcomed me throughout all steps of the process — from hair development to packaging — to capture and celebrate the legacy of this trailblazing Black businesswoman. I can’t wait for a new generation to be inspired by her story and to tell their own stories through a role model who came before them.”  — A’Lelia Bundles

The Madam C.J. Walker Barbie Doll features a full-length skirt and a blouse with floral print and ruffled details in lavender and purple — Walker’s favorite colors! It also comes complete with a mini-replica of her original product, Wonderful Hair Grower.

Walker Barbie doll in box

The doll would make a great gift for someone special in your life, or the perfect addition to your collection! It is currently out of stock at Walmart.com, Target.com, and Amazon, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled in-store and check back as it gets restocked!


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Anne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies from the University of Sioux Falls, and worked in the newspaper industry for 20+ years before joining Hip2Save. Her work there earned her numerous awards, including South Dakota’s Journalist of the Year.


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Comments 7

  1. Sherry

    Netflix has a film inspired by her life: Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
    It is an interesting and inspiring film, not child friendly though! She was quite the woman.

    • Justine

      Yes, that was a good mini-series with Octavia Spencer doing a fantastic job playing Madam C.J Walker. Yes, it has adult themes since it depicts the harsh reality of the world she had to deal with as a black woman striving for success. I reccommend it! I think it is wonderful that they came out with this doll to honor her!

  2. Tamekia L. Evans, PhD, MPH

    Received mine on Saturday. She is beautiful!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  3. Bobbie

    How exciting! Will get one for my goddaughter and for me!

  4. MWL

    Waiting for mine to arrive!

    • Thelma Stamps

      I would love to have one

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