Since I joined Instagram, I’ve been discovering all sorts of wonderful things. One of these things is the ‘Angelica doll’, created by Angelica Sweeting, the founder of Naturally Perfect Dolls.
Naturally Perfect has one specific aim — to change the standard of beauty for young girls, one doll at a time, and encourage self-acceptance, diversity and exposure. With the help of my daughters, we created the ‘Angelica Doll’ – the first natural hair 18 inch doll for young girls. I’m creating Angelica to let girls know that they are beautiful. Our girls need to see a reflection of their own unique beauty. It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard.”
Now I am not a big fan of Barbie dolls, I think they encourage unrealistic beauty standards in girls and I don’t plan to buy one for Miss E. I am however, a fan of showing her positive images and representations of black people and culture, and it’s for that reason, that I love this doll!! Angelica is 18 inches long, that is a big doll y’all. It means she’ll be solidly built, sturdy and designed to be a toy, not an accessory. She’s black, though that might seem like I’m stating the obvious, up until a few years ago, this was a rarity. She has realistic body measurements, full nose and lips, no makeup and kinky curly hair. This is the deal clincher for me. I love that Angelica has a body, face and hair that my daughter can relate to and learn from. This doll, because of its size could be a very useful tool in the process of teaching little black girls about their hair and skin; how to love it and how to care for it. In short, I am sold on this doll and I think its one, every black mother should seriously consider buying.
The doll is still in pre-production phase. The company has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the first production order. Check out their Facebook Page for more images of Angelica and head on over to their Website for more info on the kickstarter campaign and how you can support. As at the time of writing this post, the campaign has raised over $18,000 and is close to reaching its target of $25,000. It’s so encouraging to see the global black community supporting one of it’s own.