Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Last year, Italian Vogue shook the fashion world with its "All Black issue, which sold out on many newsstands. This year, the July issue features Kristen McMenamy on the cover, but comes with a delightful supplement devoted to black Barbies.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

It is Barbie's 50th birthday, after all, and Mattel does have those new black Barbies to promote. And while this supplement is not full-sized like a regular magazine (it's about 6 inches wide; 7.5 inches long) somehow the doll scale makes sense.

Is it a little sad that instead of gorgeous black models, we only get to see plastic dolls propped up in poses? Sorta. But the issue is elaborate, fun, detailed and enchanting, with absolutely stunning photography.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

The supplement is divided into many sections, this one is called "Hat Mania."

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

What is not to love? I might frame this one.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

This is from a section called "The Tourist Glam." Notice how the dolls are toting tiny issues of last year's Italian Vogue!

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Not for chewing, for admiring only: Shoes.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

According to the index in the back, this is "Pop Life!" Barbie in this "Sixties Fever" spread. She looks swinging, but did the editors mix up the '60s and the 70s? Isn't it "Disco Fever" and disco balls?

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

This diva is Diana Ross Barbie.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

In an elegant series of photos titled "Red Carpet," this image stood out as the worst.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

The "Shape Up" story included swim, track and tennis spreads.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

I have mixed feelings about the "Ethnic Chic" photo shoot. While I appreciate the effort, one of the dolls used was the "Fantasy Goddess of Africa Barbie" by Bob Mackie. Not sure how much is authenticity and how much is just a love of feathers.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Diversity in hair textures are a thumbs up, however.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

From "The Royal Way" spread, immediately following the "ethnic" spread, which doesn't say anything about colonialism, does it?

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Another really gorgeous image suitable for framing.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

This image is in "Tribute To Horst." Teeny tiny furs.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Another Horst tribute, with great hair.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

The hairdo spreads are my favorite, and show how playful working with a doll model can be.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Especially when she has flirty eyes.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

I wish I could say that this fun, colorful "Street Style" spread was the last one in the supplement.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

It would be great to end on an upbeat note.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

Instead, the last spread is "Fetish Icons," which isn't very fun, and not a great way to end.

Black Barbies Are All Dolled Up In July's Italian Vogue

But all in all, for a Barbie or magazine collector, it's an exciting, well made and enjoyable little publication.

Earlier: Mattel's New Black Barbie A Step In The Right Direction