We have arrived, and we’re in doll form. California-based founder of Natural Girls United, Karen Byrd started the project of customizing dolls’ hair after seeing a need for reflective images in kids toys for African American children.
“There have been quite a few studies done that show that African American boys and girls often think of black dolls as bad and white dolls as good,” Byrd says on her website. “Of course, this is not something that the parent is teaching their child. So why are they getting these mixed messages about good and bad skin color, or good and bad hair? It all has to do with the images they see as they grow up.”
On her site she offers already made and custom designed black dolls of varied shades of brown with different hair textures. There’s the Brown Sister Locs Doll, Short Afro Doll, Burgundy TWA Doll and more. For the boys, there’s a dreadlock’d male doll as well.
To join the movement and buy a Natural Girls United doll, go here.