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Who needs a Barbie when you can get a customized doll with your favorite natural hair style? Karen Byrd started the The Natural Girls United! project to showcase the positive view of ethnic beauty.

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From Karen Byrd’s bio:

There have been quite a few studies done that show that African American boys and girls often think of black dolls as bad and white dolls as good.  Of course, this is not something that the parent is teaching their child. So why are they getting these mixed messages about good and bad skin color, or good and bad hair?  It all has to do with the images they see as they grow up. If a child is constantly looking at images, dolls, television, books and magazines – and only seeing beauty as something or someone with non-ethnic features and long, straight hair – then they are going to assume that this is what beauty is. It is something that has hurt our young people for centuries. But each day we learn that it is important to show them and teach them that

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The Natural Girls United! come in a variety of styles. There’s dolls in dreadlocks, kinky twists, as well as short cropped afros. Not to be left out, there’s even a male doll with dreadlocks. The prices range from $45.00-$140.00. For more information on the dolls, check out the site www.naturalgirlsunited.com or follow Natural Girls United on Twitter and Natural Girls United on Facebook.

 

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  • Stephanie Partlow

    I love love what you have done as far as getting people aware of your dolls.I personally have loved dolls from the beginning please keep up the good work. However please consider your prices in these day and times I believe that every little African American girl should have one of your dolls but unfortunately with the dolls costing as much it would be impossible please consider your prices because the same way white america enjoys barbie we should be able to enjoy the dolls that represent us also