It looks like #TeamNatural just got a new member for the holidays. An African-American natural hair group is reclaiming the most famous doll ever with their own take on the traditional Barbie. The group will distribute Barbies to young girls at Booker T. Washington apartments in Columbus, GA in the spirit of the holidays, but not before they’ve reconfigured the dolls’ hair into natural Afro styles using pipe cleaners, end papers, and boiling water.


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.”


I think this is a FAB idea — what a great message to send to young, impressionable girls in response to Barbie’s usual look, which condones peroxide, flat-irons, breast implants, and anorexia.

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