Black Barbie’s Gone Kinky Ya’ll! (Video link)

Little black girls at Booker T. Washington Girls Inc. in Columbus Ohio will get a special treat this holiday:  Barbie Dolls! But instead of sleek straight styles, the Barbies will be rockin’ kinks. Candace McBride, Organizer for the Black Barbie Drive is collecting new and used Barbies and turning their hair into natural styles. The organization’s aim is to give young girls an opportunity to own a Barbie that looks like them. The message: You don’t have to alter your hair with perms and relaxers to be beautiful. Kinky, twisted, locked, or naturally straight, you’re beautiful just the way you are.

Do you think giving away Barbie’s with kinky hair is a good way to build self-esteem in little black girls?

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5 comments

  1. Stephen Reginald

    I think it’s great for young black girls to have dolls that look like them, but it will take more than a doll to give them real self-esteem. They need good adult role models and a good education to complete the picture. I thought it was interesting that the black women reporter had nothing close to a natural do, but women of all races have been “messing” with their own hair for centuries. Human nature always wants to “improve” on what God gave us.

  2. lisadee0210

    I think it’s a great idea. But, I do agree with Stephen, the doll is a good start but more importantly, we need positive adult role models for little girls, i.e., educating them, exposing them to positive images of themselves in “popular culture” (i.e., less exposure to negative media image portraying black women as gold digging sexual, video vixens and MORE Michelle Obama type images), etc. Again, good for those young ladies, I’d like to see those type of Barbies in every market.

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