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Black doll options for girls slammed online

Buying a doll is not an easy task, it takes a lot of time to think about what the doll will represent in your child’s life…

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Traditionally, buying a toy for your child was not something that led to self-image issues. However, over time, this is no longer an ordinary task. It’s something that many parents have had to really think about before they just grab something off the shelf.

It’s about being inclusive in every way and making sure we add a holistic and varied way of seeing everything in the world. So, for example, buying a toy gun has no value and is not something we are comfortable with.

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For obvious reasons, playing with a gun can lead to a mindset that accepts using a gun (even for play) as normal or okay. But with the many real-life stories we hear about daily, this is not acceptable.

In this case, it was about not having a wide range of options available to this mother, when it came to representing the variety and abundance of black babies. She found that the features of the black baby looked very much like an adult and did not fully represent a black baby.

Read more: INSPIRING: A mother wanted to give her daughter a doll that looked like her…

WATCH the video below, courtesy of ICT Tac:

@jeanchronicles That’s overdone nose, forehead and mouth for me😭🥺 #minilanddolls #fyp #diverse ♬ Spongebob Tomfoolery – Dante9k Remix – David Snell

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In the world we live in, we should be able to express diversity without being limited.

Many people came to the station to share their true feelings. Some said they felt it was an accurate depiction of Aboriginal Australians, while others insinuated that parents would never be happy with the depictions. And that no business can be fully inclusive because, at the end of the day, no one is the same, regardless of race or ethnicity.

However we look at it, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and, of course, parenting style.

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That’s why mothers like Mmule Ramothibe (the creator of the Nandikwa dolls), Serena Williams, who was inspired by her daughter’s Qai Qai doll, and our very own Carol Ofori and her son’s adventures with Katlego (coming soon), were motivated to create a broader spectrum of inclusivity when it comes to the toys and stories we share with our children.

Because they saw a gap in the market when it came to their children. So overall it was a learning experience. Even though interacting with toys is a very subjective experience, it impacts how we see ourselves in the future.

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Check out the short preview of what you can expect from Carol Ofori’s new book series, ‘The African Adventures of Sena and Katlego‘.

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