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Black Barbie Gets A Natural Hair Makeover

Submitted by on December 22, 2011 – 2:15 pmOne Comment

The average woman changes her hairstyle 104 times in her lifetime. So, why should Barbie be any different?

In honor of the upcoming New Year and as a way to inspire young girls around the globe, black Barbie is going back to her roots, giving up that creamy crack, putting down the hotcomb, and embracing her natural curls just in time for Christmas thanks to the organization Fro-lific. “When you look for dolls, they all have straight hair,” Candice McBride told the Ledger-Enquirer about the limited options little black girls have to find dolls that reflect what they see in the mirror. “It’s tricky even to find ones with brown eyes.”

In an effort to redefine the often eurocentric standards of beauty in U.S. society, the African-American natural hair group in Ohio transformed 40 straight-haired Barbies using pipe cleaners and boiling water to create dolls with ethnic coifs. The dolls were then gifted to the young girls of Girls Inc. living in the Booker T. Washington public housing complex in Columbus, Georgia. “We wanted to show the girls that, basically, it’s okay the way God made you,” said Jennifer Henderson, a member of Fro-lific.

Check out the video from WRBL News 3 below of the young girls of Booker T. Washington loving their new Barbies. Are you inspired to embrace your natural curls or try a new hairdo in 2012 like Barbie?

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