During the past few years, people of color all over the world have started challenging their absence in a positive light in the media, entertainment, books and toys. Black people, and Africans more specifically, feel invisible or highly under represented. The lack of visibility has severe effects on image, self esteem and success.
Experts say that self confidence starts at an early age. The images, words and overall culture we expose young minds to have a long term influence on the trajectory of their lives. Who best than people of color themselves to produce and create articles that celebrate them and put them in the best light?
Several Africans, men and women, are active in the business of creating dolls or barbies that African girls can identify with through different skin tones, body shapes, hair texture or different outfits representative of various cultures.
Check these out;
The dolls and materials are designed, through fun and engaging materials, to subconsciously promote African heritage. Letu Kenya celebrates being an African girl in the 21st century by drawing on the strengths and achievements of ancestors and bring them up to date to empower and inspire today’s generation of African girls. $47 each
Queens of Africa Dolls (Nigeria)
Dolls dressed in traditional gear, they celebrate various cultures in Nigeria.
Momppy Mpoppy Dolls (South Africa)
Fashion forward with an afro, the doll seeks to be a trendy and attractive alternative to Barbie for girls of African descent.
Naima Dolls (Côte d’Ivoire)
A mix of dolls and barbies, with different shades of brown, hairstyles and outfits (modern and traditional) that exist in baby, male and female versions.
Which ones do you like?