Who needs a Barbie when you can get a customized doll with your favorite natural hair style? Karen Byrd started the The Natural Girls United! project to showcase the positive view of ethnic beauty.

From Karen Byrd’s bio:

There have been quite a few studies done that show that African American boys and girls often think of black dolls as bad and white dolls as good.  Of course, this is not something that the parent is teaching their child. So why are they getting these mixed messages about good and bad skin color, or good and bad hair?  It all has to do with the images they see as they grow up. If a child is constantly looking at images, dolls, television, books and magazines – and only seeing beauty as something or someone with non-ethnic features and long, straight hair – then they are going to assume that this is what beauty is. It is something that has hurt our young people for centuries. But each day we learn that it is important to show them and teach them that


The Natural Girls United! come in a variety of styles. There’s dolls in dreadlocks, kinky twists, as well as short cropped afros. Not to be left out, there’s even a male doll with dreadlocks. The prices range from $45.00-$140.00. For more information on the dolls, check out the site www.naturalgirlsunited.com or follow Natural Girls United on Twitter and Natural Girls United on Facebook.





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  • kezy

    i havent read all the comment but judging by the last one i see someone has already mentioned this but that price is not going to get these dolls into the homes they need to be.

    first let me say i am NOT saying the price isnt justified im sure it is but who is going to pay $45.00 for a doll that i GUARANTEE will be destroyed. KIds destroy toys that the nature of being a child. Buying a barbie for $6 or these thats a no go for most.

    2nd point, lets say a parent buys this doll for a kid as show piece doesnt that defeat the purpose of the doll being something the kids can play with to get the positive image in their heads.

    finally the kids who need to this the most, those of lower socio economic status (no im not saying kids families with more money dont still devalue themselves but they are more likely to be exposed even it its just a little to positive self images) are definitely not going to get a chance to buy these dolls ,

    all this said i think the idea is great and appauld maker for doing something about it not just talking about it

  • I never was a “doll girl” growing up I always preferred toys my brothers had because they did stuff but I must say if dolls like this was around I would have gotten into them more. I like the initiative but I would love to see more doctor,lawyer,engineer and scientist black dolls, learning toys/devices, books and crafts dedicated to balck kids so more businesses like this the merrier and though the price might be steep I do know parents and people who will folk over cash to give the little girl/boy in their lives a black doll/toys so there is a market out there. Hell I remember one Christmas my uncle buying a barbie bike for my cousin and coloring barbie brown with a marker…lol so the need is there

  • Stephanie Partlow

    I love love what you have done as far as getting people aware of your dolls.I personally have loved dolls from the beginning please keep up the good work. However please consider your prices in these day and times I believe that every little African American girl should have one of your dolls but unfortunately with the dolls costing as much it would be impossible please consider your prices because the same way white america enjoys barbie we should be able to enjoy the dolls that represent us also