Growing up as a child Barbie was the pinnacle of my existence. With
each new report card, birthday, and Christmas holiday I awaited the chance to pick out my pretty new doll. The endless aisles of multi shade mini women made my heart flutter with gladness. The smell of the plastic hair and body, all the little shoes and clothes, the dream house and of course the hair.
Every little girl was their own hair stylist with their Barbie. I remember giving my favorite Barbie a short bob, or the pain I felt when my baby sister left Keisha with a buzz cut. As with all things, hair is very important to a woman even as a developing young girl. We all wanted the doll with the long flowing hair to accessorize and personalize as our best friend.
It has been a while since I put down my last Barbie at the ripe age of 13 but a recent trip down the nostalgic doll aisle of Target flooded my memory bank. Among the Polly Pockets, Barbie and her many careers, and her handsome companion Ken was the Barbie Basics Collectors Edition.
These little black dressed draped fashionistas are marketed to the modern women who are still young at heart.
Among the usual peach toned and cafe au lait childhood friends stood the darkest Barbie made to date.
Her rich skin tone paired with her TWA made my heart have the same flutter it used to when I was nine years old! Overjoyed I began to look for other dolls that may have our beloved natural hair style. I then stumbled upon the Target exclusive Collection Red doll. She was a caramel complexion with a medium-sized blonde curly afro.
There are a total of three Black dolls in the Black Label collection however, the other 2 sport waist length straight hair. Even though these dolls are marketed for 14 and up consumers I think their looks should be introduced to younger girls for them to see beautiful Black Barbie’s with natural hair.
If you teach a girl early on that there is nothing wrong with their hair texture or length they will more than likely carried that instilled esteem with them throughout life. And what better way to start the process then with the iconic girl’s toy.
It is important to note that the first Black Barbie (that wasn’t named something besides Barbie) was released in 1980 with a short curly afro type style! She was re-released in 2009 to celebrate Barbie’s 50th Anniversary.
I am definitely going to purchase one for myself to give to my future daughter or niece to show her natural hair is not ugly or shameful.
What do you think of the natural hair Black Barbie? Would you purchase one for yourself or daughter?
- Buxom Barbie brings up classic doll debate (thegrio.com)