- Black dolls were once a rarity
- However, more and more manufacturers are making them
- They inspire children to embrace their African beauty
Black dolls were once a rarity because beauty was often associated with light skin. Fortunately, this has now changed.
More doll makers are promoting black dolls in a bid to inspire young African children to embrace their beauty and be proud of it.
One of them is Mala Bryan, who is from South Africa and is known for her Malaville doll collection. Her mission is to "inspire creative imagination."
Her dolls’ complexions range from the honey-like tone to the rich midnight complexion made popular by Sudanese model, Nyakim Gatwech, nicknamed Queen of the Dark.
Another doll maker is Taofick Okoya, who is the founder of “Queens of Africa” in Nigeria. His dolls represent the various Nigerian and African ethnicities and hairstyles.
His mission is to boost young girls' self-esteem and to portray a positive example of African culture and fashion. He hopes this would inspire girls to be proud of their heritage.
For her part, Rokhaya Diop from Senegal hopes to send a strong message that black is beautiful and that black girls should be proud of their skin. She is the creator of Urbi Dolls.
Watch more in the video below.