Walk through the doll section of any toy store and all you'll see is white. And I'm not talking Barbie's Winter Wonderland. Most dolls available for young girls are pale-skinned and depict European hair texture and facial features. Even the dolls of color that are available are basically just the standard white dolls with different skin tones, paying no attention to the diverse range of facial and hair types present in women throughout the world, let alone natural beauty.
One mother, Angelica Sweeting, decided to tackle this problem head on when she saw that the dolls her little girl was playing with were damaging her self-esteem and warping her sense of what was considered "beautiful."
Sweeting stated in her Kickstarter video:
“My daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day. Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone."
When she couldn't find a doll on the market with the qualities that she wanted, she decided to make her own. Sweeting started a company called Naturally Perfect Dolls, and created a groundbreaking new doll called Angelica. Sweeting says the dolls will serve the need for "our girls to see a reflection of their own unique beauty." And it doesn't just look pretty, it's actually super fun for a little girl's playtime.
Sweeting explains that young Black girls can style the doll's hair exactly like their own natural hair. Girls can do twist outs, bantu knots, and hot curls on the doll's hair in addition to washing and blow-drying.
Angelica and her forthcoming friends will also inspire girls in their career choices. Sweeting says, "The Angelica doll is an entrepreneur, and future dolls will introduce careers such as journalism, public relations, software development, and engineering,"
As of now, the 18-inch doll is just a prototype, with only one in existence. But that's all going to change soon. Sweeting's Kickstarter campaign to get the doll mass manufactured has already far exceeded its original $25,000 goal and still has nineteen days to go. The Angelica doll will soon be available to affirm, inspire, and educate little girls all over the world. Go, Angelica!
To order your own Angelica doll and find out more, visit the Naturally Perfect Kickstarter page.