Help your mini celebrate their melanin with beautiful new friends that are fly like them.
As much as we hate it, we unfortunately live in a world that still thinks Black isn’t beautiful. The conscious and subliminal messaging sent to our children, particularly our girls, about their skin color is constant and can have devastating effects. While we may not be able to change the thoughts of others, we can arm our children with the best weapon there is against such harmful ideas – self-esteem and pride in who they are.
Having a love of self begins at home, and what better way to teach your daughter that her Black was, is and always will be beautiful that by gifting her with beautiful dolls that she can see herself in? From little girls that reflect their skin tone and style to ones that make being a geek chic and celebrates their love of the outdoors we’ve scoured the internet for the Black dolls that your mini Suga will love and remember forever.
If you’ve been looking for a gift that’ll be big on fun and even bigger on impact, look no further. You might even end up grabbing one (or two!) for yourself.
When Ozi, founder of Ikuzi Dolls, was growing up she had plenty of dolls to play with, but unfortunately none of them were Black or looked like her. Now, as a mother to two daughters she’s made it her mission to celebrate their beauty, and the beauty of little Black girls everywhere, with dolls they can relate to and identify with. With her daughters’ help Ozi has personally crafted every aspect of her creations from the handmade face molds to the eye color and clothing. The result is beautiful Black doll that inspires little girls to love themselves simply because they can see themselves in her, with her beautiful features and kind smile.
Götz Zoey Doll
If your sporty and fly little girl is looking for a new bff to have tea and share secrets with, look no further. Zoey is ready for some girl squad fun and comes dressed for all kinds of adventures from playdates to sleepovers. She comes with moveable body parts, blushed cheeks, life-like eyelashes and hair that can be washed, brushed and styled to match any of your mini’s various looks. Your daughter will create endless memories taking Zoey everywhere she goes.
The Fresh Dolls
One day mom and former professor Dr. Lisa Williams was watching a doll study when she saw a beautiful little dark-skinned girl say she didn’t think the brown doll was pretty because its skin was nasty. She then touched her own hand indicating her skin was nasty, too. This image was too much for Dr. Lisa to bare and in that moment the idea for Fresh Dolls was born. The dolls “honor the beauty and intelligence of multicultural children,” and “support families in raising beautiful, confident children with unlimited possibilities.” There are tons of new friends for your daughter to choose from, including Ebony, the geek-chic environmentalist who actively recycles and encourages other to do the same.
Barbie BMR1959 Doll
Barbie has always been a fashion icon for little girls, but for many years little Black girls couldn’t admire styles on Barbie that reflected ones showcased in their communities. The BMR1959 collection celebrates the fashion heritage of Barbie and highlights how current trends influence the brand. These street chic dolls are bold, fully poseable and feature diverse looks like high-low fashion mixes and re-imagined ‘90s gear. Your daughter will be proud to dress like her fly Barbie that comes dressed to impress in a floral hoodie dress, clear vinyl bomber jacket, metallic boots, cat-eye sunglasses and classic ponytail.
Our Generation Doll
Have a daughter that loves the outdoors, but she’s constantly hearing from friends that “Black people don’t (insert outdoorsy thing here)?” Well it’s time for some new friends. The Ayeesha doll from Our Generation is the fun in the sun best friend your baby girl needs. Whether it’s a day sailing the seas, hiking, camping, kayaking, or having a picnic, Ayeesha is ready for each adventure. She arrives with her beautiful curly black hair in a ponytail, but you can style it any way you like so your daughter has someone along for the ride that looks just like her.