I grew up playing with standard caucasian dolls. From baby dolls in prams to Barbies in princess dresses. I remember the hours of fun my sisters and I spent brushing our dolls’ hair, having them fight over Ken and wishing that mum would finally agree to buy us our dream dolls house (she never did).
When I had my daughter and the time came to buy her first doll, I didn’t give it much thought and I just reached for the first doll that I found in the baby toys isle. After giving me a dirty look my husband put the doll straight back and picked up a black baby doll instead. It cost about $20 more than the first one I’d picked but he was happy to pay it. He very militant about making sure that our daughter only plays with black dolls and in hindsight I completely understand his thinking.
A lot of us are probably lucky that those childhood days we spent combing our dolls’ straight yellow blond hair didn’t do a number on our self confidence but I can’t say it’s the same for all children today. In fact after my recent article about the 10 year old girl who was lamenting the fact that God saw fit not to give her straight or wavy hair, I think it’s quite important that our kids are taught to appreciate their natural hair and uniqueness from a very young age.
It may not be the same where you are but my local Toys R Us has a very sparse selection of ethnic dolls. Even then the black Barbies and Bratz dolls all have straight hair so they do little to allow a black child to relate to them. I’ve seen a few pretty good natural hair dolls but these ones from NaturalGirlsUnited.com are some of the best I’ve seen!
I’m sure you will agree that they definitely worth the extra cost. If you have your own children or know someone of doll playing age, hop on over to take a look at their collection.
PS – I’m not getting paid for promoting this website, I just think these dolls are the most fabulous things I’ve seen this month! Check out the gallery…
Originally posted 2012-10-21 19:00:54.