Natural Girls United Creates Dolls That Look Like Real Women
I may have mentioned this before, but my daughter isn’t really that interested in dolls, and it kind of kills me. When I was a kid, I would play with my Barbies for hours, and even though my kid has decided she’s not into the popular fashion icon, I love learning that dolls have now gotten even cooler. In fact, you can now custom-make a doll to your own specs.
It’s true that kids like dolls that look like them, but the toy industry is just starting to get on board. Remember the Bratz story from last week in which a girl had to ask the company to make a doll that looked like her? Well, Karen Byrd, an enterprising mother of two daughters, noticed the need for dolls to be more representative of the rainbow coalition of girls out there, and she decided to do something about this gap by forming Natural Girls United. Her company customizes dolls’ skin tones and hairstyles to her customers’ needs.
As to why Karen started the company, this mom told Huffington Post that many so-called ethnically diverse dolls available have straightened hair and don’t truly represent diversity. She said, “I had dolls that were gorgeous, but they didn't look like me. When I looked in the mirror, I would be confused — like, am I beautiful?"
Karen, you are beautiful, and so are the dolls you create. Many others think so too, because Natural Girls United currently has a waiting list of 51 customers. Okay, I know what you’re thinking: How cool would it be to get a mini-me doll made, and sure, maybe one of my kid, too. What an awesome Christmas gift idea — put me down for number 52!