What girl didn’t play with Barbie dolls growing up? We’re sure you remember playing house or bringing your little plastic doll along with you everywhere you go. And the coolest thing? When you can find a Barbie doll that looks just like you.
And has your hair, too.
Unfortunately, Mattell doesn’t currently produce Barbies with natural hairstyles or afros. But that’s not going to stop one Atlanta woman from helping to promote the message around black beauty. Candace McBride wants to donate African-American Barbie Dolls to young girls at Booker T. Washington apartments in metro-Atlanta.
Current Barbies are produced in 50 different nationalities, however the current black Barbie dolls only have straight hair and blue or green eyes.
“When you look for dolls, they all have straight hair,” McBride told the Ledger-Enquirer. It’s tricky even to find ones with brown eyes,” she said.
McBride, who is part of a natural hair group that regular meets in a city library, found an online tutorial that shows how to give Barbie natural-looking curls with pipe cleaners and boiling water. The group wants to gather 40 dolls that they can makeover and give as gifts to young African-American girls.
“We wanted to show the girls that basically, it’s okay the way God made you,” Jennifer Henderson, a member of the group, said.
Why Barbie? She has rocked American culture as not only a young girl’s play-thing but as an iconic global image. “Barbie can be anything,” McBride believes.
Check out the Ledger-Enquirer to find out ways that you can help by donating Barbies.