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With February being Black History Month, Carlyle Nuera is part of history by bringing the Dr. Maya Angelou Barbie to life. The Dr. Maya Angelou Barbie is part of the Inspiring Women Series, “which pays tribute to Women of Achievement throughout history.” To accurately represent the poet and civil rights activist, he collaborated with Dr. Angelou’s son on the design. Carlyle says, “the doll was designed to look like Dr. Angelou circa 1970s, around the time when ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was first released.”

Carlyle is an artist and designer, and the winner of the 2019 Global Pinoy Award by MEGA Magazine. A Los Angeles native, he began his career at Mattel a decade ago, but always loved product design. He’s currently the Lead Designer for Barbie Signature at Mattel. If you visit the Barbie website, you can see all the dolls designed by Carlyle. Dolls that he helped design include: Billie Jean King Barbie, Luciana Barbie, Gabby Douglas Barbie.

“Carlyle’s debut doll was Mutya Barbie, a Barbie inspired by his Filipino heritage.”

Carlyle Nuera interview, in the heart stories

Cover Photo Credit: Carlyle Nuera Instagram

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