Why No Barbie Dolls with Natural Hair? A Woman Helps Break the Mold
What inspired you to begin creating dolls that reflected the way natural African American women look?
As a child, I have always wanted to have a doll that looked like me. I wanted a doll that had my features and hair like mine. And I never saw that as a child. As an adult, it has gotten better. But often when an ethnic doll comes out, it sells out quickly and is no longer available to shoppers. So we are once again, left with the option of getting a doll that has non-ethnic features with long straight hair. And that is not ok. Our daughters and our community should have dolls, books and images in the media that represent our beauty just as readily as these things are available to non-ethnic cultures.