As the mom of a biracial daughter -- who has very curly hair -- I've been searching for a doll that looks like her for almost a decade. American Girl is getting close, but they're not there yet.
Single Mom Seeking: No doubt, the mom who designed Mattel's new line of black Barbie dolls had the best of intentions. The "So In Style" Barbie dolls -- which hit mass retailers this fall -- have fuller lips, a wider nose, and more pronounced cheekbones.
Fortunately, this is a "far cry from Christie, Barbie's black friend who debuted in the 1960s and was essentially a white doll painted brown," writes Megan K. Scott in the Huffington Post.
While many black women have praised Mattel for its new line, however, others are offended by long straight hair on these new Barbies -- along with hair-straightening accessories -- being sold.
Count me among the moms who wants my kid to love her natural hair without having to straighten it (if you're curious, yes, I'm white).
Barbie designer Stacey McBride-Irby -- who is black and has a 6-year-old daughter -- told the Associated Press that she wanted to create a line of dolls for young black girls that looked like them and were inspirational and career-minded. For example, Kara is interested in math and music.
FYI, the "So In Style" hairstyling set -- so girls can curl, straighten, and style their dolls' hair over and over -- costs $24.99, more than a pair of dolls at $19.99.
But as my own hairstylist pointed out when I asked him, "At the end of the day, it's the parent's decision to buy the doll. If it offends you, don't buy it."
So, moms, what do you think about the new line of Barbies? Will you be buying one for your daughters?
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|