She is the chief Designer of Fashions
and Doll Concepts for Mattel’s most successful
barbie line. Perkin’s is the perfect example of
vigor (energy, power). Ms. Perkins has given
and given to Barbie’s 300 million plus fashions.
She is the genius behind their fashion.
Perkins is a resident of South Carolina.
She is one out of 7 children. Her big dream
came true because she became a commercial
artists when her aunt in California asked
her to come after high school graduation.
1976, Perkins was enthralled with a classified
ad for a fashion designer for the largest toy company
in the world, Mattel. And one of the many advantages
she has is that she gets to travel around the world.
It sounds like fun. That’s a way to spice life up.
One of her many lines is the African American
fashion dolls Shanni and Friends,1991,
Fashion Savvy, 1997, and the Brandy
line that is the most recent.
If you are in the area of South Carolina, you might
want to check out a specialy designed doll created
by Perkins. It’s in the South Carolina State Museum.
She has been given the spotlight by magazines
like Ebony,Essence, La Magazine, Woman’s Day,
and Sister to Sister. Her honors are stacked up
and her talent is notable. Specifiically, she has won
the Chairman’s Award,which is the highest
recognition a Mattel employee can get.
And to go with that, she was honored with a high
achievement award, the Doty Award. Woman of the
Year is another title she got at the Woman Keeping
the Dream Alive banquet. It was July 23, 2001 that
she was inducted into the Black Hall of Fame.
How much more great does it get?
Perkins’ selfless acts include putting a chunk
of her time and energy back into the community.
She has volunteered to speak at Career
Day Events and has put her efforts into
raising more than $100,000 for charitable
Wrapping it up, will you ever look at a
Mattel doll the same?