It looks like #TeamNatural just got a new member for the holidays. An African-American women’s group in Columbus, GA is getting into the holiday spirit and handing out Barbie dolls to young girls at the Booker T. Washington apartments in their area, but these won’t be your average Barbie dolls. As a way to help the young girls embrace their natural beauty, the group plans to give Barbie a natural makeover before handing them out.
Though Barbie comes in 50 different nationalities, most of the dolls, even the African-Americans ones have straight hair and more European features, the makeovers are intended to give the girls dolls that look more like them. “When you look for dolls, they all have straight hair,” group member Candice McBride told the Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s tricky even to find ones with brown eyes.” McBride plans to use an online tutorial she found that utilizes pipe cleaners and boiling water to give Barbie her new natural-looking curls before handing out the 40 dolls they hope to collect to the young girls. Jennifer Henderson, group member and mother of a 2-year-old daughter named Imani summed up the group’s mission best, “We wanted to show the girls that basically, it’s okay the way God made you.”
What do you think of Barbie going natural?