Hello New York Doll Collectors and doll collectors around the country.
Dolls are a wonderful thing to have and to hold, for children and adults. But this article will be dedicated to our young doll collectors. Particularly those young doll collectors, who are searching for dolls that look like them. Meaning dolls that have features, such as skin tone, hair color, that are specific to a culture. African American dolls are available, but not enough of them. Particularly dolls that represent African American children. What does this mean? There are not enough dolls that show a resemblance to the features of African American children from ages 5 to 16. Dolls who look like school girls or boys, instead of the latest slim waist doll, on the fashion runway, where it is all about image, instead of the beautiful unique shape, skin tone and facial assets. It’s a challenge. But there is certainly hope. There are doll companies in New York and around the country, who are stepping forward in creating or making available, African American dolls and other dolls of culture, that definitely have young children in mind. We want to specifically look at Madame Alexander.
Madame Alexander has made available, a doll called Mia From “I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!”. Mia is an 18 inch African American doll, that has the look of a Tween. She is dressed in a sunny and sweet outfit. The colors of a light rose and yellow. She is wearing a simple, rose color capris, that are rolled up at the hem. Her top, is a soft yellow, with rose polkadots. The polkadots are a soft shade of rose, which matches the rose color in her capris. Finally, she is wearing a pair of platformed sandals. The color of the sandals are slightly darker than the rose color capris. But the color of the sandals has a soft shade and hue to it. So that it does go well, with the ensemble. Also it seems to capture an act of independence of Tweens; that they wish to choose what to wear, to express themselves through their own, chosen fashion.
Mia’s soft and thick hair is decorated into two braided ponytails. At the beginning of the ponytails, you can see the yellow bands, which wonderfully match the polkadots of her top. At the end of each ponytail, there are also, colorful hair bands. These bands are the color of the rose, found in the capris. What a wonderful way to build a nice balance and yet a fantastic way to show a uniqueness that we’re sure, Tweens can relate to. This is in reference to their unique and individual way and approach to fashion.
Mia goes for the price of $49.00. Visit Madame Alexander online to order or find stores close by to purchase.
All dolls offer so much to us, as doll collectors. But it is very important for young doll collectors, of different cultures, particularly African American children, to have dolls that represent and look like them; that represent where they are in life, such as being in school, or just being a young girl or young boy growing up. And finally to have dolls with features, such as skin tone, and hair styles, that resemble the features of African American children. It’s important for them to know that there are dolls all around the country, that were meant to capture the beauty, that they themselves possess.